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  • Apple Preps Massive iPhone 4 Monthly Production

    Apple may very well be taking preemptive steps to ensure that the supply issues that plagued the iPad's initial availability don't similarly rain on the new iPhone 4's parade. Unless demand proves even greater than any market analyst anticipates, Apple's supply should certainly keep pace with demand for the new product release on tap for June 24th.

    Credible published reports from Digitimes indicate that Apple will mass produce the new handset on a monthly basis for the time being, with estimates suggesting that Cupertino will initially order components necessary to build at least three million iPhone 4s per month, or nine million per quarter. Creating a massive product inventory ahead of the launch implies that Apple has reason to believe that both domestic and international sales of the 4th gen iPhone could be mind-blowing.

    Robert Lai, chairman of Asia Optical, dished on the swelling inventory by revealing that his company has been turning out some massive shipments of VGA lens kits for the device's front-facing video camera since last month - enough, in fact, to place a monthly production estimate at three million units. If demand keeps pace with supply, Apple could very well sell upwards of ten million new iPhones in just the third quarter of 2010 alone. That level of sales success would represent the biggest and best-selling quarter of sales for any generation of the iPhone since its 2007 release.

    The phone will be available on the aforementioned date of June 24 in five countries: the US, France, Germany, the UK and Japan. Pre-orders, however, begin next Tuesday, June 15. The 16GB iPhone is going for $199 US and the 32GB for $299. Of course, if you're already an AT&T customer in the middle of your contract, you can get an iPhone 4 at "early upgrade" prices of $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Preps Massive iPhone 4 Monthly Production started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Pretty much until release date, but they don't guarantee release-day-delivery after a certain cut-off date
    1. dhamien's Avatar
      dhamien -
      Quote Originally Posted by sub zero View Post
      I hope someone can answer this question. I am currently stationed overseas (UK) i guess my only option is buying the actual phone. How much would it cost and is it even possible to do so? i will be sending my wife back just a couple of days before release date to get the phone. Just wondering how the online purchasing might be if i am not on aTT. I do understand that the phone will be available here in the UK the same launch date as in the states however the phone will be cheaper in the states and the phone will only be avialable to be looked at in the states which i dont mind. The whole warranty on apple products is region locked. They wont touch any product bought from the states
      You should buy it in the UK instead. We have better options in Europe. You can buy yourself out of the carrier lock.
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      What's the middle of the contract deal??? First I've seen of that.
    1. ashrafkhalifa's Avatar
      ashrafkhalifa -
      I'm ready to upgrade lol! Can't wait for "iPhone 4".
    1. aimetti's Avatar
      aimetti -
      Quote Originally Posted by ripped53 View Post
      Sales might be even more mind blowing if more people were allowed to upgrade....that is rediculous charging an additional $200 and I'm still locked into a 2 year contract. I suppose I'll be waiting until 3/2011. By then I may want an EVO, or the latest greatest Android, and jumped ship to Sprint or Verizon. Unless Specs for the next iphone include 64GB.
      you signed the contract , technically you dont deserve one till thats up.
    1. rockjohn's Avatar
      rockjohn -
      im preordering a white iphone 4 woo
    1. Imsorussian's Avatar
      Imsorussian -
      Spoke to apple and they said if i preorder on 15th it will be available for a pickup on 24th not the 25th like someone mentioned, i hope apple is right not the guy on mmi but now it got me thinking. Time to call back apple. By the way im selling slightly used 3gs 16gb on july 24th
    1. 1shuttle1's Avatar
      1shuttle1 -
      Does anyone think that maybe AT&T already knows the iphone will be available for another provider soon. It would make sense that they loosen the upgrade eligibility up. And at the same time more then double the ETF. That way they get you on the hook for another 2 yrs with the $375 price tag to get out. I do travel alot and all of the companies I've used drop calls so I'm fine with At&T. But it does make me wonder. Or maybe they agreed so they could stay exclusive. Either way I don't think they did it out of the goodness of their hearts.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      they would sell more if it was available in Canada
    1. prankz55's Avatar
      prankz55 -
      i wanna buy d first one !!!
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      will they sell it at Best Buy on release day or soon there after?
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imsorussian View Post
      Spoke to apple and they said if i preorder on 15th it will be available for a pickup on 24th not the 25th like someone mentioned, i hope apple is right not the guy on mmi but now it got me thinking. Time to call back apple. By the way im selling slightly used 3gs 16gb on july 24th
      Well it's one rep's word of mouth vs. AT&T's official website memo:

      Consumers may preorder iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS 8GB at AT&T retail stores or online at iPhone 4 & 3GS, Exclusively from AT&T and Apple - Wireless from AT&T beginning June 15. Business customers can preorder through their AT&T sales representative or by visiting AT&Tís Premier site. For greater convenience and faster delivery, preorders can be shipped directly to a customerís home or business for delivery as early as June 24. Customers can also have a preorder shipped to their local AT&T store for pick up on or after Friday, June 25.

      AT&T stores will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and will accommodate as many customers as possible.
      AT&T to Offer iPhone 4 on June 24

      You pull your own conclusions
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      All three of my lines are eligible
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      I thought the early upgrade prices were the same, $199 and $299... No?

      You would fall onto the blue line.
    1. clarky8's Avatar
      clarky8 -
      I will wait and see just how durable the new iPhone is and see what type of bugs it has to have worked out before i buy one.
    1. mac3194's Avatar
      mac3194 -
      Regarding the preorder:
      ok, everytime I try to buy something on the AT&T site with my visa debit card it denies it can someone tell ke y this happens
    1. adamnur's Avatar
      adamnur -
      So when does Canada get it? Stupid Apple.
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      Just returned an old expensive bluetooth headset to best buy to prepare one for me.
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      ^ do what!
    1. Spudski's Avatar
      Spudski -
      Its good they're producing monthly shipments. Hopefully, if Apple takes that approach, this iPhone won't release internationally a month late. Good for you, apple.