iPhone 4S launch is now official, welcomed by fans

The iPhone 4S hit retailers Friday across the globe. Eager Apple customers have been lining up for days to snatch up the new product, the last Apple device to be unveiled before the death of company co-founder Steve Jobs. The launch also arrived on the heels of serious network failures for Blackberry’s producer Research In Motion last week. People are beginning to reveal what the new iPhone leads to for the mobile industry.

Owners are able to speak to it, and it will respond. It has a dual-core CPU, making it faster. And it has a better camera and camcorder. Some speculate that the widely talked about 8MP camera on the iPhone 4S was produced by Sony, while some have speculated that OmniVision may have had a hand in the camera’s production.

Gadget evangelists say features like the voice recognition, called Siri, provide innovation to the smartphone industry. Seen as the leader of mobile innovation, Apple still needs to catch up with a lot of features on their own invention as well. That doesn’t matter to some.

The craze started when Apple made the gadget available for pre-order, with a record-breaking one million pre-ordered within the first 24 hours.

Although there were hundreds in line by the time doors opened at retailers around the country, most of the lines lessened before long.

The adventure wasn’t flawlessly smooth for everyone. In a replay of past launches, AT&T had issues while activating some iPhones, leaving a few users lying in wait for network congestion to fade before they could finish the procedure.

With one company’s success comes another’s adversity. Blackberry-maker Research In Motion had network outages last week spanning five continents. RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis apologized to customers on Wednesday. “I apologize for the service outages this week. We’ve let many of you down, but let me reassure you that we are working around the clock to fix this, ” said Lazaridis. “You expect better from us and I expect better from us. ”

For a number of Blackberry users the apology came too late. The iPhone 4S today has a well-received feature that once sold consumers on Blackberry: an internal messaging system that requires no charges for users of the device.

Research In Motion has seen a decline in its sales by three percent for each of the last three quarters. RIM will need to develop something new and exciting if they seriously want to remain a leader in the industry.

But though its sales are down, Blackberry is still attractive to a number of users. It’s good for people on a budget. But both Blackberry and Apple need to deal with significant competition from the biggest smart phone colossus, Google Android, which presently commands 50 percent of the market share and continues to grow.

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