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  • Half of Apple Retail Stores Still Without iPhone 4


    The iPhone 4 supply shortage is still a major issue for Apple. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster released data gleaned from a new survey this week of Apple stores in the US. What he found is that demand for the updated 4th generation iPhone is still remarkably strong, even in the aftermath of the now subsided "Antennagate" PR disaster. In fact, roughly half of the Apple retail outlets he contacted were completely sold out of the device and required daily shipments to keep pace with demand.

    Incredibly, this reality actually represents an improvement for Apple. As reported today by Barrons, Munster noted that prior to July 10th, in-store availability of the iPhone 4 was nowhere to be found. 0 out of 20 stores contacted by Munster had the iPhone in stock. Two weeks later, the situation had only improved marginally, with 3 out of five stores contacted having the device on site.

    "We had expected near full in store availability in the U.S. by now, given it has been several weeks since the iPhone 4 U.S. launch (June 24)," Munster wrote, reminding everyone that the iPhone 4 sold nearly two million units in its first few days of release. “Given most stores we checked with indicated they are receiving daily iPhone shipments, we believe that Apple is seeing continued strong demand for iPhone 4 and we remain comfortable with our September quarter estimate of 11 million units despite the “Antennagate” PR debacle,” he added.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Half of Apple Retail Stores Still Without iPhone 4 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. vedavis's Avatar
      vedavis -
      Waiting. And waiting and waiting...
    1. bigmoss's Avatar
      bigmoss -
      I had ordered one here in Canada on July 30 when they went on sale from the apple site and it said delivery Aug 27th, we only have one apple store here in town so I kept calling and sure enough last Tues when they got a shipment in I rushed down and only had to stand in line 40 minutes inlcuding parking and walking time through the mall and got one right away, worked out great. When I came out of the store the line was about 200 people deep now but no where near enough phones that shipment to cover them so staff started counting people and cutting the line. The store here in town seems to get a 100 or so 32 gigs a day from what I have seen.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      ordered mine on apple.com a week or so ago, 3 week back order so wont get it mailed to my home till the end of the month so this doesnt shock me too much that most apple stores dont even have the phone by now. Hopefully the white iPhone will help ease the availability but i highly doubt it I think when the white one does come out demand will go through the roof again
    1. Revel's Avatar
      Revel -
      going to buy one soon online or from a apple store
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      good luck, guys. all I can say is that it's worth the wait.
    1. ipod touch u's Avatar
      ipod touch u -
      got mine on launch day <3
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      I dont know how they do it... would love if people were lining up and buying out all my stuff everyday. Apple, you amaze me.
    1. auh's Avatar
      auh -
      I bought mine from Apple online last week, and am ok with waiting 3 weeks because I'm away at a summer school program and won't be home until next week. So I'll just have to use my 2G iPhone for a week, no biggie
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Day before launch day crew here, sup
    1. Nytesnypr's Avatar
      Nytesnypr -
      I kind of find this rather funny...Even the local ATT store and Best Buy has no idea when or how many Iphone4s they are going to get. But the local Walmart has been getting 8-10 every week. When I got mine a month ago ,everyone told me there were none to be had anywhere...Walmart had 8.
      How is it Walmart can keep them stocked and Apple Stores can't ?
    1. rawhog's Avatar
      rawhog -
      Because a lot of people don't know Walmart sells them.
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      Quote Originally Posted by rawhog View Post
      Because a lot of people don't know Walmart sells them.
      Haha, but it's not the same. Then you don't get the AppleCare as I believe.
    1. g_kinz's Avatar
      g_kinz -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      ordered mine on apple.com a week or so ago, 3 week back order so wont get it mailed to my home till the end of the month so this doesnt shock me too much that most apple stores dont even have the phone by now. Hopefully the white iPhone will help ease the availability but i highly doubt it I think when the white one does come out demand will go through the roof again
      i pre ordered mine from a store here and i i later found out that they only revived 3 phone the day of launch and then lost my order. so I orderd my iphone4 from apple om the 27 of july and was told it would ship on the 12 of aug well it shipped on the 6 and i revived it on the 10 so it was only a 2 week wait. it mailed from china

      Quote Originally Posted by Disneyricky View Post
      Haha, but it's not the same. Then you don't get the AppleCare as I believe.
      apple care plan is a joke. it is way cheaper to just find a place to repair it then buy a new phone.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      All of my local Rogers stores are sold out, don't take pre orders and won't tell you when the next shipment is coming. Ouch
    1. The_Durben's Avatar
      The_Durben -
      Ordered mine from Rogers directly on launch day and got it last Wednesday in the mail.
      From what I know I'm the only one in Canada to get an iPhone directly from Rogers.
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      Yeah, that's where I got mine.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Durben View Post
      Ordered mine from Rogers directly on launch day and got it last Wednesday in the mail.
      From what I know I'm the only one in Canada to get an iPhone directly from Rogers.
      Rogers told me you can't do that
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      I got mine through Radioshack. I traded in my 3G for the new i4 and got $100 store credit, which I used towards my i4 purchase. Plus I received $20 extra store credit for purchasing my i4 there. That pretty much paid for my "Incipio" case and screen protector.

      Quote Originally Posted by g_kinz View Post
      apple care plan is a joke. it is way cheaper to just find a place to repair it then buy a new phone.
      Amen brother! Apple Care doesn't cover any of the more likely ways you'd damage your phone and it definitely doesn't cover theft or loss.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I still haven't received my iPhone 4, end of August is my delivery date.
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      I still haven't received my iPhone 4, end of August is my delivery date.
      You might want to call someone...