Here are your daily Apple rumors and news items for Tuesday:
Sprint iPhone 4S Not Selling Out: The Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 4S, out on Friday, already is selling well. More than 1 million consumers pre-ordered the device within its first 24 hours of availability, crushing the previous record of 600,000 pre-orders held by the iPhone 4. Swift as sales have been, though, the iPhone 4S pre-orders haven’t sold out everywhere. According to a report at All Things Digital, three of the four new iPhone models still are available for pre-order through Sprint (NYSE:S). The first-tier iPhone 4S, a $199 machine with a 16GB flash drive, has sold out at the third-place telecom, but the 32GB and 64GB models — as well as the new 8GB iPhone 4 — still are available. This is by no means a sign that the iPhone won’t be a popular device for the company, but it is surprising that the only telecom offering unlimited data plans for the iPhone isn’t selling out of its pre-order allotments faster than Verizon (NYSE:VZ) or AT&T (NYSE:T).
AT&T Bulks up Android Support: AT&T coasted on its exclusive support of the iPhone for years. Since Apple started spreading the wealth to Verizon and now Sprint, however, AT&T has been bulking up its support of phones running Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system. A Tuesday report at Apple Insider detailed an announcement from AT&T that it will support Motorola‘s (NYSE:MMI) Atrix 2, Samsung‘s (PINK:SSNLF) Captivate Glide and DoubleTime, Pantech’s Pocket, and its own Avail phone. This brings the total number of Android phones on AT&T’s network to 19 — far more than the 12 Android devices the company originally planned to support in 2011.
Facebook iPad App Released: It’s a few days late, but it’s finally out. Months after the world’s most profitable social network said it would release an official app for Apple’s iPad, Facebook finally has released its tablet specific app. What held up the app’s release? No one knows for sure, but former Facebook engineer Jeff Verkoeyen, who left the company for Google in September, indicated that inter-company conflicts were the source of the problem. Apple and Facebook have clashed over integration with each others’ products in the past, particularly over Apple’s failed iTunes social network Ping.