Lifehacker's iPhone 4S Launch Day Guide

At 8am today, the new iPhone 4S officially goes on sale in Australia. Here's the key stuff you need to know if you're considering buying one today or in the near future.

Picture by Beau Giles

In the near future is more likely as a scenario — with lengthy queues at Apple and telco stores, the chances of picking up a handset today will be rather low, especially if you want a higher-capacity model. But there's a lot to be said for not buying a phone without careful consideration first.

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    Looking forward to getting a new iPhone 4S? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.


  • Comments

      Can somebody post pictures (in high resolution) of those people waiting in-line for iphone?

      JB's Guide to Buying and iPhone 4S:

      1. Get a life
      2. Get on with it
      3. Buy an iPhone 4S next week

      Optional step 2b. if you're really clever, somewhere between step 2 and 3, you can pretend your iPhone 4 is an iPhone 4S - your mates won't even know the difference.

      My advice would to have been line up to buy one 7 months ago when the technology was actually new...but yet again, insanity prevails :P

      Love the this shot.. because of the pram. Not to mention the gathering of international uni students (or so it seems)..

        Well, if you can afford the fees, an iPhone a year is not that much of a cost anyway...

          That's true I suppose.. $12,000 per semester is what my international student friend pays for a "Nursing" degree.. if it were law or somethign else fair enough.. but nursing.. talk about price gouging.

      iPhone launch day tip 1: DO NOT PREORDER ONLINE, YOU WILL NOT GET THE PHONE ON LAUNCH DAY

        I preordered online and had no problems when I picked the phone up from an Optus shop on launch day.

        I had to wait around 30 minutes to be served at Optus, but afterwards went to an Apple store to buy a case for my new phone and there were no queues there.

      This is what it looks like a few hours ago in Apple store! http://youtu.be/teh2T4KPHgc

      No queues, no problem getting a 4s on a plan at several Melbourne CBD retailers today.

      Outright? Not yet, except from Apple.

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