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iPhone 4S sales racing towards 5 million

Apple said on Monday it has sold over 4 million of its new iPhone 4S, just three days after its launch on October 14. This is far above than what its rival Samsung Electronics sold in the first one week. Samsung could sell 10 million units of its Galaxy S II in the first five months.

Apart from the latest iPhone 4S, Apple said more than 25 million customers have downloaded its new iOS 5 for mobile phones in the first five days of its release, and more than 20 million customers have signed up for its new feature iCloud.

iPhone 4S has been released in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, and Apple is planning to release it in 22 more countries on Oct. 28 and more than 70 countries by the end of the year.

“iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.”

iPhone 4S is the latest iPhone packed with features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for fast performance and advanced graphics, a camera with advanced optics, 1080 pixel HD resolution video recording, and of course, Siri, a personal navigation system that works on voice commands.

Available in black and white, iPhone 4S is available in the US for $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the new 64GB model, from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and select Best Buy, Target and Walmart stores.

iPhone 4S will be available on October 28 in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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