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Apple's iPhone 4S could hit 4 million sold over weekend, analysts say

October 14, 2011 | 11:38 am

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Apple's iPhone 4S went on sale in brick-and-mortar stores on Friday after AT&T, Sprint and Verizon each sold out of their preorder allotments. More than 1 million iPhone 4S handsets were purchased in the first 24 hours the phone was made available for preorder.

The iPhone 4S, so far, is a success. But could the iPhone 4S have a blockbuster weekend? Analysts are now estimating that yes, the iPhone 4S could be a big hit, telling Bloomberg Businessweek that the iPhone 4S could hit 4 million devices sold across the nation's three largest carriers by the end of the weekend.

The previous generation iPhone 4, which has sold more units than the previous three versions of iPhones combined, sold more than 1.7 million units in its launch weekend almost a year and a half ago, Businessweek noted.

Most analysts surveyed by the publication are projecting about 2 million to 3 million iPhones will be sold this weekend, but Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe told Businessweek that he thinks sales could hit 4 million -- more than double the iPhone 4 debut weekend sales.

The iPhone 4S, which was criticized by many analysts when it was unveiled by Apple on Oct. 4, launched Friday in the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K., spawning lines outside of Apple stores, carrier stores and consumer electronics retailers around the globe, Businessweek reported.

Even Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, lined up outside of a Los Gatos, Calilf., Apple store on Friday to buy his wife a new iPhone 4S. Wozniak, often known by the nickname of "the Woz," was first in line.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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Photo: Apple customers queue to enter the Apple store in Munich, Germany, Friday for the launch of the iPhone 4S. Credit: Frank Leonhardt / AFP/Getty Images

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