Apple iPhone 4S launch day: A survival guide

Caught Apple phone fever? Here's where to go and how to cope in your search for the newest iPhone.

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Networking, Apple, iphone 4s

Carmen Shippy, the first person in line to buy the newly-released iPhone 4S at an Apple Store in Clarendon, Virginia, claps as the store prepares to open at 8am October 14, 2011. Sales of iPhone 4S began in stores from Japan to the United States on Friday.

REUTERS/Jason Reed

If you plan to line up all night at the Apple Store to be one of the first to get the iPhone 4S on Friday, or are hoping to snag one at a small Sprint outlet that no one knows about: We've got you covered.

Buying a new iPhone on launch day is always a difficult task, and the iPhone 4S promises to be the most popular iPhone yet. Apple recently said it has already sold one million iPhone 4S' in the first 24 hours the device was available for preorder. The iPhone 4 was the previous record holder, selling 600,000 in its first 24 hours.

With such a high demand for the new iPhone, some analysts are predicting iPhone 4S sales could reach as high as 3 million before Monday--Apple sold 1.7 million iPhone 4s within its first three launch days.

Competition for the iPhone 4S will be fierce on Friday, so I've got tips on where you should go, some pointers on choosing a carrier (now that you have three choices), and what you can do with your old device once you've snagged an iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S may look the same as the iPhone 4, including the same 3.5-inch display with 960-by-640 resolution. But, under the hood, Apple's latest smartphone is packing a variety of different features including Apple's A5 dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 1080p video capture and the Siri voice-enabled personal assistant.


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