Apple Inc. this week said pre-order sales for the iPhone 4S have topped 1 million units in the first 24 hours of pre-order sales.

The figure surpasses the prior record of 600,000 units sold in one day made by the iPhone 4.

“We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

“The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”

The iPhone 4S will be available at Apple retail stores at 8 a.m. local time Fri., Oct. 14.

The device will be sold in more than 22 countries by the end of the month.

The iPhone 4S will include the A5 Dual-Core CPU, 8MP camera, 1080p HD video recording functionality, iOS 5, and a new voice command protocol called Suri.

Suri can call, text, email, remind, and offer weather, stock, traffic, direction, and definition information via voice commands.

Battery is said to offer 8 hours of 3G talk time and 10 hours of video.

Additionally, the device will merge CDMA and GSM antennas into one world phone device.

Apple in Oct. did not announce the next main update to the iPhone family, iPhone 5.

A prior report claimed the iPhone 5 will include at least a 4-inch touch-screen display and a thinner profile.

The iPhone utilizes the iOS operating system used in iPod Touch and iPad 2 products.

Verizon Wireless holds 106 million subscribers, AT&T Inc. holds 96 million subscribers, and Sprint currently holds 52 million subscribers.

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