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It appears that the iPhone 4S has already started shipping out, as one lucky bloke in Germany has already received his pre-ordered unit.

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The news comes from MacRumors – a blog dedicated to covering all rumors related to Apple – in a short post where they discuss a photo sourced from Macerkopf.de which shows one iPhone 4S already delivered to a lucky customer in Germany, ahead of its official October 14th launch.

From MacRumors:

The first iPhone 4S deliveries have already started arriving in customers’ hands. Several German customers have received their new phones several days before the official launch. Macerkopf.de posts a several images of the new device from different readers.

The iPhone 4S was announced about a week ago at Apple’s Let’s Talk iPhone event at Apple Town Hall in the company’s own campus in Cupertino, California. The phone features a powerful dual-core chip, advanced optics and a voice recognition feature called Siri, we’ve discussed all three in detail in our post on iPhone 4S’ features and specifications, so you may want to check that out.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 4S went live on October 7th. The phone, despite receiving what appeared to be a mixed response at first, was sold out quite quickly.

Apple later announced that the iPhone 4S broke previous pre-order records, as it was pre-ordered over a million times in its first 24 hours. The increased pre-orders come from the iPhone’s ever-increasing popularity and, of course, its availability on a new national wireless network Sprint.

In other iPhone 4S related news, it was revealed that the dual-core Apple A5 chip in upcoming smartphone from Apple is actually underclocked to 800MHz (instead of 900MHz at which iPad 2 A5 is clocked) and that it has only 512MB of RAM. This may appear as a downside, but it really isn’t. Early benchmarks suggest that the iPhone 4S is actually faster than competing dual-core smartphones from the Android camp: the 800MHz A5 chip + 512MB RAM combination on the iPhone 4S easily beats the recently released Samsung Galaxy S II and Motorola Droid Bionic, both of which pack higher-clocked dual-core chips with double the RAM (1GB).

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Although Apple has run out of US pre-order allotments, you can still go ahead and pre-order iPhone 4S. Just keep in mind that you will have to wait an extra week (or two) for it to ship compared to folks who pre-ordered it early.

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