For an article in today's USA Today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson sat down with USA Today's Jefferson Graham to talk about the big day- iPhone's first day of sale at Apple retail outlets, AT&T Mobility stores and online.
Supply chain issues informed some of their dialogue:
Q: People are lining up at the stores now to buy the iPhone when it goes on sale. How do you make sure there isn't bedlam?
Jobs: It's happened before—people line up for our products, and are respectful of each other. We don't anticipate any problems.
Q: Why did you choose 6 p.m. to put the phone on sale, instead of the more traditional 10 a.m?
Jobs: It seemed like a good time. People are off work. It's a time that's democratic. It's still light out. Everybody is available at that time. We didn't want people to have to take time off from work. We wanted everybody to have the same chance.
Q: Many analysts believe the iPhone will sell out on opening night. Are they right?
Jobs: We don't know.
Q: How long will it take to get phones if you are sold out?
Jobs: We've made a lot of them. It may not be enough — but we will work as hard as we can to get more into the stores.