More than 200,000 iPhone 4S pre-ordered in 12 hours in the United States

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – On Saturday U.S. telecom operator AT & T announced  it had received more than 200,000 orders for the iPhone 4S over the first 12 hours of marketing the new handset from Apple.

Tuesday the successor to the iPhone 4 unveiled the eve of the death of the co-founder of Steve Jobs and  according to the second mobile operator in the U.S., an “extraordinary demand”, despite no change in design.

The three major U.S. telcos, AT & T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint, have begun taking orders for the iPhone 4S Friday. Apple’s flagship handset will be available in stores from October 14.

Comparison with sales of the previous generation is difficult because the iPhone 4 at its output was distributed only by the operator AT & T in the United States. It was then passed to 1.7 million copies during the first three days of its launch.

Some analysts expect Apple sells between 27 and 28 million iPhones for the quarter October to December.

Handsets running the Android operating system from Google, as the Galaxy Samsung, have become formidable competitors of the iPhone while Tim Cook has just taken the reins of Apple and its founder, credited with a strategic vision, has disappeared as a result of cancer.

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