updated 05:40 pm EDT, Thu October 13, 2011
iPhone 4S now on sale in first countries
Australia as is often case has had the distinction of being the first for an Apple launch in carrying the iPhone 4S. Apple's flagship Sydney store showed that demand hadn't tapered for the new model, with hundreds of buyers queued up in line. Both official and unofficial reports have pointed to "tens of thousands" of pre-orders at Optus and Telstra each, selling out of 64GB pre-orders.
The 64GB model was proving to be the most popular, Telstra's Peter Symons said. It expected to have enough supply to meet initial demand, but "some locations" might run out in the short term. Some of this might be helped by a new price war between Optus and Telstra, who lowered their prices within days of the release. Virgin Mobile and Vodafone are also selling the phone with barebones plans that cost as little as $29 Australian ($30 US) to make them more palatable to customers who otherwise wouldn't buy in.
Japan is expected to have the next high-profile launch, in a matter of minutes, and for the first time will let customers on KDDI's Au service sign on along with established carrier SoftBank. Many iPhone resellers are opening at 8AM in their respective time zones. [via Sydney Morning Herald]