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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. Xtremeiphone's Avatar
      Xtremeiphone -
      wow thats insane, cant believe they still dont have them in stock, oh wait a minute yea i can. No words can describe how great this phone is !
    1. Markanthony3211's Avatar
      Markanthony3211 -
      Don't worry guys, the wait is well worth it! I got mines on launch day ^_^
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Disneyricky View Post
      Haha, but it's not the same. Then you don't get the AppleCare as I believe.
      Yeah you do, you can buy AppleCare at any Walmart. Not sure why you'd buy it, but the option is there.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I only want the iPhone 4 for the front facing camera
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Three Words .... Shoulda Pre Ordered !!!!!
    1. Rounder's Avatar
      Rounder -
      We in Canada didn't have a pre-order option.

      Mind you I got mine on launch day because I knew they would be hard to come by. So I'm happy It's a great phone!
    1. mbeezy81's Avatar
      mbeezy81 -
      Glad I pre ordered and got mine the day before it was launched. Sucks for everybody waiting, even worse for the people waiting on the white one. Seems like the white one will never be released.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      I want one but don't want the contract.
    1. dalton4life's Avatar
      dalton4life -
      I got a 32 GB iPhone 4 from the Apple store closest. No pre-order. I just went there and bought it as a walk in. They had a bunch of them in both sizes from what I understand.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Damn. Still a shortage? Is this mean the white iPhone won't be out until next year?
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Where I looked every store is always out of stock. That includes 2 Walmarts, 1 Radioshack, 2 AT&T stores, and 1 Best Buy. So I just ordered mine from Apple on the web. It's crazy, I couldn't find one iPhone 4 in a month of searching. Lol!
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Damn, that sucks. I just walked into an AT&T store in Tyler Texas today and picked up 2 32Gb i4s. Luckily for me, also some of the last to come with 4.0.1. I know 4.0.2 will be cracked sooner or later, but I didn't wanna wait. Hence, my decision to get the big boys when I was told the 16Gbs are 2-3 weeks out.....
    1. sw1tc43d's Avatar
      sw1tc43d -
      After calling all my local stores for a week to no avail, I finally caved and ordered one from AT&T. It shipped in 2 days and they sent it overnight shipping.

      If anyone is having problems getting one still, I highly recommend doing what I did.
    1. -Blue-'s Avatar
      -Blue- -
      in spain, movistar stores have not had any even on launch day 31st of last month.. only way to get it so far is on another carrier or online with them and even then you have to wait 3 weeks for arrival.. it's an absolute dissaster.. since they don't have exclusivity anymore they don't give a crap
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      3 weeks wait in Australia. On launch day most stores only had 15-20 phones to sell. Slim pickings all round by the looks of it, and with no white phone coming soon the problem won't get better when the rest of the world sales begin.
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      It must suck to live abroad and want an i4 with Apple shipping 70 - 80% within the states and the world sharing the rest....
    1. timman312's Avatar
      timman312 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sw1tc43d View Post
      After calling all my local stores for a week to no avail, I finally caved and ordered one from AT&T. It shipped in 2 days and they sent it overnight shipping.

      If anyone is having problems getting one still, I highly recommend doing what I did.
      Did you order off of AT&T's website? I tried doing that yesterday, but when I logged in, it said that the site couldn't process the upgrade eligibility...meanwhile, it works on Apple's website just fine? Will I get an iP4 more quickly from AT&T's website or Apple's Online Store!? I ordered one from the ATT Retail Store by my house on July 22nd and it's still not here so I'm getting my money back and ordering online...someone help! lol
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      Last weekend, my local AT&T store had two 32GB models. They were the first iPhone 4's they'd seen since launch. They didn't even have display models!

      The closest Apple Store, in Temecula, had none in stock. But a call to the one in Escondido, about another twenty or so miles south, found them to be swimming in iPhone 4's! The distribution of them is odd to say the least.