Boy Genius Report has an interesting scoop on how Sprint and Apple will be handling the upcoming iPhone 4S launch this Friday, October 14th.
Apple is well-known for keeping its unreleased products under lock and key, and the 4S launch is no exception. Those that were lucky enough to pre-order the iPhone 4S during the initial rush last Friday will get the product delivered to their doorstep when it becomes available in stories Friday.
Apple will be sending contractors out to Sprint stores this week to set up for the approaching iPhone 4S launch. BGR notes that Apple gets to choose where and how the 4S is displayed in-store, not Sprint.
“After the displays are installed, it seems that the stores will close for the rest of the day to give the locations time to prepare for Friday’s launch. We are told iPhone 4S devices will be shipped overnight to retail store locations on Wednesday, and all employees are under strict orders to not open any of the iPhone boxes or related materials. In fact, Sprint has communicated to employees that Apple’s team will be there on Thursday, and if any boxes are tampered with or opened, employees “will be fired immediately and walked out of the store.”
iPhone 4S units will begin arriving to AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint stores this Thursday. Sales begin at 7:00 a.m. local time on Friday.
This morning Apple announced that there were 1 million iPhone 4S pre-orders in the first 24 hours of availability last Friday. That makes the 4S Apple’s fastest-selling handset of all time. Apple’s pre-order stock has already sold out, and shipping estimates have been moved back to 1-2 weeks for those that didn’t make the initial rush.
If you want to get your hands on an iPhone 4S Friday, get there early and be prepared to wait in line. We’ll be covering the product launch throughout the day.