After months of redesign rumors, the iPhone 4S debuted last October without any kind of external changes. Much like the new iPad, the familiar-looking handset drew an onslaught of “disappointing” headlines from around the web.

But Apple obviously knew what it was doing. The 4S has broken a number of sales records, and helped Apple sell more than 37 million iPhones last quarter. And perhaps even more impressive, 6 months later, it’s still on top…

BGR reports:

“Checks performed by Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley and his team found that Apple’s latest iPhone was the best-selling smartphone at Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint in March, continuing a trend that began when the device first launched last October.”

Being the top-selling smartphone for 6 months running on all three of its US carrier partners is quite an impressive feat. Even more so when you consider that other manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola launched flagship handsets during that time period.

Make no mistake though, Apple is going to have a tough time keeping that top position over the next few months — especially with handsets like the Nokia Lumia 900 and Galaxy S III on the way. But what it’s been able to accomplish so far with the iPhone 4S is nothing short of incredible.

Not bad for a disappointment.

  • ‘Disappointment’ takes you to the Google homepage

    • Anonymous

      hmm, I just tested it and it does what it’s supposed to do. It takes you to a search for the term ‘disappointing iPhone 4S,’ which yields over 700,000 results and shows you some of the articles that deemed the handset a disappointment.

      • Anonymous

        and it is still the 1 one phone on earth..

  • Anonymous

    This isn’t good for anyone who wants to see an iPhone 5 sooner than later. Even if it was ready now Apple wouldn’t launch the new iPhone until sales of the 4S start to slow down. It makes business sense because older hardware is cheaper to manufacture and offers higher profits.

    I had a 4 and have a 4S, while I do the love the phone it feels like I’ve been using the same device for almost 2 years now.

    • Kok Hean

      If you do want to compare the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S, jailbreak both of them and install as many jailbreak tweaks as possible and test the speed. You will find that the iPhone 4S will still perform at a satisfying speed while the iPhone 4 will feel sluggish and slow. Not as slow as the iPhone 3GS on iOS 5, but you’ll feel the difference.

      • Anonymous

        What is the point of that? I know the 4S is faster. But a test like that is kind of stupid since I don’t install every tweak that comes out in cydia. I’m more of a minimalist. I had more tweaks on my 4 than my 4S just because I dont want anything extra leeching on my battery.

        I’m not even trying to make an argument between the 4S and 4. All I’m saying is I hope Apple releases the next IPhone in the summer instead of the fall again.

      • Kok Hean

        I’m just trying to say that it’s a lot faster than how most people think it is 🙂

      • Anonymous

        Yea. It is very noticeable when loading games.

      • You’re right there is a HUGE difference in performance. My wife has a 4 and I have a 4S and the speed difference is very noticeable.

    • Anonymous

      new iphone every year… i will get a used 4S soon and be happy

      • Anonymous

        I’m the primary on a family share plan w 5 lines so AT&T gives me 2yr upgrade pricing every 12 months instead of the usual 18. This means I can always get the newest iPhone for $199 and sell my used one at a profit. Win, win situation for me.

      • i sell you my 32GB unlock for 400 lol

    • I disagree. The iPhone 4 was still in high demand and selling like hotcakes during the time Apple introduced the 4S. I believe their strategy is to keep up the pace & momentum to keep the foot on the throat of their competitors.

  • But that’s about to change ..With the new Nokia luma 900.. ..

    Yer right..lol..

    • Anonymous

      only phone that beats the iphone is the new iphone…FACT..

  • Dissapointed, i phone 4 = no handsfree text, iPhone 4s = bad reviews for handsfree text, should i upgrade or just stay with 4? HELP!

    • I text with Siri all of the time. At this point wait for iPhone 5 to come out. A few more months.

    • Kok Hean

      With the next generation iPhone expected to be released this year, you might as well hold on first.

  • How could they drop 5pc on releasing a device that sold so much? Sounds to me like investors in Apple are getting jittery…and for no good reason, neither, they could stand to get some nice dividends soon I believe.