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iPhone 4s pre-orders already backed up!
As usual, overwhelming demand had the 4s pre orders 2 weeks behind! I was hoping to avoid lines this time around but looks like the same story all over again, why can't Apple just provide enough phones knowing there will be demand! I hate lines, now it will be at least a month or two before I'm able to just walk in and get one.
- 10-08-2011, 12:26 PM #2
I think you participated in earlier discussions about estimated iPhone demand. What is happening should not have come as a surprise. This is what always happens on Day One of any new iPhone. The Verizon iPhone 4 launch was more like Month Eight. Place an online order today and you'll have the phone delivered to you in 1-2 weeks.
- 10-08-2011, 12:43 PM #3
And the word is that the stores (both Apple and the wireless carriers) will have a lot of stock on hand. But if you absolutely must have one on day one, I'd strongly recommend getting in line at a retail outlet early.
All of this talk of low demand is simply not true. This is an Apple product, thus, demand will always be strong at launch time.
- 10-08-2011, 12:47 PM #4
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- 10-08-2011, 01:16 PM #6
While there is probably some truth to the demand factor, notice that Apple at once shifted all of the models from 10/14 to 1-2 weeks. This tells me that someone made a conscious decision to change the dates and that it was not driven by stock. The reasoning could be some combination of wanting to focus all efforts on shipping this first batch and wanting lines at Apple Stores, which are part of the mystique of an iPhone launch.
- 10-08-2011, 04:34 PM #7
I'm sure the factories are building iPhones as fast as possible. Whatever the total number they have available for consumers by next weekend is what Apple will sell next weekend. My guess is it'll be 3+ million. Maybe 1 million for pre-orders and the rest for in-store pick-up? They'll have to spread that out over 3 days, so I'm guessing each day will reach "sold out" status at some point. I would not assume you can stroll into a store sometime late next Friday and pick up an iPhone 4S. Demand has historically always greater than supply for at least the first few months.
- 10-08-2011, 06:24 PM #8
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- 10-08-2011, 07:03 PM #10
Rule of thumb to use if large metro area stores are out of stock is to drive out to suburbs...when the Wii was hard to find, people were walking into stores and finding them by driving out of the big city areas. This could play into the iPhone too since retail stores also carry them.
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- 10-08-2011, 07:34 PM #13iPhone Intermediate
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so, those that ordered within the first few hours of the pre orders will still get their phones on time? Or are these also delayed? I haven't received a second email from sprint saying anything about a delay. I have the initial email saying that it was to deliver by 10/14.
- 10-08-2011, 08:04 PM #14
I was at Target today and pre-ordered my iPhone 4S(32gb) with a $50 deposit. They said they have plenty for pre-order and they will be in on the 14th. They will call me and hold it until I get off work.(or all weekend but who wants to wait that long!) Also they will take your iPhone 4 of 3gs as trade in towards the new phone. You probably could get more on ebay, but its free to check.