Pre-orders of Apple’s iPhone 4S topped 1-million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600 000 held by iPhone 4.

The iPhone 4S is the latest offering from Apple and includes the dual-core A5 chip for fast performance and graphics; a new camera with advanced optics; 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri, an intelligent assistant.

“We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide product marketing. “The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”

iPhone 4S will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK from Friday. It will roll out to other countries by the end of October, but it is not yet clear when it will be available in South Africa.