As the debate over just how much the new iPhone 4S disappointed, some actual data points. Zach Epstein reports on a survey of 1,300 U.S. consumers by Retrevo. Of all consumers, 29%, or almost one-third, were disappointed with the 4S, a sizable block. Among people who already owned the iPhone 4, there was greater disappointment:
More interestingly, perhaps, 47% of current iPhone 4 owners said they were disappointed in Apple’s new iPhone 4S following its unveiling. 12% were hoping for a bigger display, 21% were sad the new iPhone didn’t feature a revamped design and 29% wanted 4G.
-Boy Genius Report, October 13, 2011
As noted the other day, the real test will be how sales fare over longer periods compared to expectations before the 4S was unveiled. The whole "first day record" is kind of meaningless when the prior phone was only sold on one U.S. carrier and the current model is on three. If you added first day sales of the iPhone 4 on AT&T and Verizon, I bet you'd be pretty close to 1 million units.