Is it the technological perfect storm for the iPhone 4S launch this weekend?

Though some critics are disappointed with the release of a new version of the iPhone 4 rather than an iPhone 5, there’s a lot to be excited about in the new iPhone.

Apparently many other people think so, too. First of all, there’s the existing iPhone  believers. You know them –they’re the ones who placed their orders last week and are eagerly waiting for their little box.

You can’t deny its appeal. Not only are people intrigued by the introduction of Siri, the new voice recognition software, and the improved camera. But most smart phone users are also speed freaks, and the promise of a faster processor is enough to seal the deal for heavy users. Give the masses a faster phone, and they’ll pull out their credit cards.

But with the continued service problems plaguing RIM’s Blackberry, there’s a whole new market segment that’s taking a good look at what the iPhone 4S might offer.

So how are sales shaping up? A good way to look at it is to do some historic comparisons. The first weekend the iPhone 4 was available last year, it sold 1.7 million units. Analysts are predicting that sales of the iPhone 4S will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 to 3 million this weekend, the first weekend it’s available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany and Japan. Some analysts expect sales to exceed that launch target.

In Wisconsin this morning, lines are already reported at AT&T and Apple stores in Milwaukee and other parts of the state.

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