Yesterday was the official launch day of the new iPhone 3G S in many of the main smartphone markets, such as the US and the UK, and reports have started to come in covering the first day in the life of the new iPhone, giving indications about how successful the new upgraded iPhone could be.
In the UK the exclusive network provider for the iPhone 3G S, O2, could report veryt strong first day sales. By 1.30pm on day one they had already sold more of the iPhone 3G S than they did the first full day of sales of the iPhone 3G last year. I have to admit that i thought sales would be strong, but did not think that it would be that strong, given that a lot of people bought the original iPhone 3G and are not yet in a position to upgrade, due to O2′s “failure” to provide an opportunity for current customers to upgrade prior to end of existing contract. O2 also reported that some stores might already have been sold out of the iPhone 3G S, but that they should be restocked for the weekend. It also looks like this year they did not run into the same activiation problems as they did last year, therefore making the purchase process slightly smoother for the new iPhone 3G S in the UK.
Indications so far is that the black iPhone 3G S is outselling the white one by 3-1 in the UK.
The story was slightly different on day 1 in the US though, as reports indicate that queues outside Apple stores and other iPhone 3G S retailers in the US was a lot smaller than what they were for both the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G. Although some store saw a couple of hundred people queuing up to get their hands on the first iPhone 3G S handsets, this was much less than the massive queues of last year. Part of the reason for this could also be that the customers were given more options this year, with the opportunity to pre-order online for store pick up etc. therefore potentialy lessen the need for people to queue up to get their hands on the iPhone 3G S in case it would sell out. Later reports in the US also indicates that there was significantly less problems with the activation of the iPhones this year, and that some AT&T stores were running out of some models towards the end of the day with new shipments expected for the weekend.
On the more techie side, reports were starting to come in yesterday from online sources that have already started dissecting the new iPhone 3G S, revealing amongst other things what appears to be an underclocked CPU. The Gadget Lab could reveal that some had already discovered that the CPU of the new iPhone 3G S seems to be running at only 72% of its capacity, potentially providing opportunities for the more tech savy to overclock the CPU to improve processor speed even further on the new iPhone 3G S.
We will continue to follow the developments of the iPhone 3G S over the coming days. Please also check out the poll at our homepage, where we ask new iPhone 3G S owners about their first experience with the iPhone 3G S.