“Shares of Apple Inc. rose as much as 3.2% Tuesday following generally positive reviews of its latest iPhone and indications of consumer interest from the wireless carriers,” Austen Hufford reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“Last week, Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which offer a longer battery life, more storage and brighter screens than their predecessors, but eliminate the traditional headphone jack,” Hufford reports. “On Tuesday, many media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, released their reviews for the new iPhones. The Wall Street Journal, in its review, said the new smartphones were worth the upgrade and showed that Apple was “improving features that actually matter.””

“Also on Tuesday, T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. each issued news releases suggesting strong consumer interest in the new phones,” Hufford reports. “T-Mobile said the new iPhones broke the carrier’s previous iPhone preorder record and set a single-day sales record at the carrier on Friday. Sprint said preorders for the new iPhones rose more than 375% in the first three days from a year ago.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Strong reviews, however distracted some of them seem by the dropping of an antiquated jack, which will proven to be inconsequential before long, coupled with strong pre-orders is doubly-good news!

Also, we believe (and hope and pray that we’ve finally seen Apple deal “Death to the ‘S'” – as we’ve advocated for years – and the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be the last models ever saddled with Apple’s stupid “Wait ‘Till Next Year” naming convention.

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