If you’re hankering for a shiny new iPhone 4S, you won’t have to wait much longer. Ship times for the smartphone have dropped to between three and five business days, Electronista discovered.
Since the latest iPhone launched in October, wait times have been hovering at or above a week’s time. Checks on the Apple site show that wait times have decreased for all versions of the iPhone 4S on all three carriers (Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon). Ship time has also fallen for all unlocked iPhone 4S devices.
If you want to buy an iPhone 4S at your local Apple Store, Apple recommends that you reserve one online first. Walk-in purchases are available on a first-come, first-served basis, Apple has said.
Apple has struggled to meet demand for the iPhone 4S since it hit stores about three months ago. the company sold more than 4 million units of the iPhone 4S in the first weekend of availability. That’s more than double the 1.7 million in sales the iPhone 4 did in its first three days back in 2010. It’s also a huge jump from the “more than a million” iPhone 3GS’s sold on its opening weekend.
Earlier this month, Apple rolled the iPhone out to another 22 countries, including most notably, mainland China. the device is now available in more than 90 different countries.
Nielsen on Thursday said that according to its research, the iPhone 4S has caused Apple to take a bite out of Android’s lead in the U.S. smartphone OS race. Prior to the phone’s launch, Apple had about a 25 percent market share, compared to Android’s 61 percent. since the phone’s debut, that gap has narrowed significantly, with Apple’s share jumping to nearly 39 percent, and Android’s falling to about 49 percent.
for more, see PCMag’s review of the iPhone 4S and the slideshow below.
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