iPhone 4 pre-orders sell out; Apple bumps ship date for new orders

iPhone 4 pre-orders sell out; Apple bumps ship date for new orders

Summary: After the absolute mania that went on yesterday for anyone trying to pre-order the iPhone 4 (or the poor souls that work for AT&T and Apple who surely had to deal with some annoyed customers), it looks as though Apple has already sold out of its initial supply as there is a later shipping date for orders placed now.

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After the absolute mania that went on yesterday for anyone trying to pre-order the iPhone 4 (or the poor souls that work for AT&T and Apple who surely had to deal with some annoyed customers), it looks as though Apple has already sold out of its initial supply as there is a later shipping date for orders placed now.

As you can see in the image above, Apple has pushed the shipping date back to July 2nd for anyone purchasing an iPhone 4 from now on. Given how much popularity this smartphone has already generated, there could be more shipping delays down the line.

If you miraculously managed to navigate through Apple's site that broke down often yesterday and ordered an iPhone 4 already, your copy should be ready on June 24th still, but double check your receipt to make sure. This doesn't mean you can't get an iPhone 4 next Thursday, though, as there is always the option of standing (and possibly camping out) in line at your local Apple or AT&T Store on launch day.

Note that Apple Stores will open at 7:00 AM local time on June 24th, so set your alarms.

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  • So if they sold out of pre-orders

    does that mean there are none for people that think they may be able to wake up and get in line and get one that day without a pre-order?
    bobiroc
    • no, there will be

      @bobiroc
      there will be supply in att and apple stores on launch day for people that have not pre-ordered (same situation as on the ipad launch). for how long is another story.
      banned from zdnet
  • RE: iPhone 4 pre-orders sell out; Apple bumps ship date for new orders

    In the middle of the deepest recession since we realized that you could just not call it a depression and get away with it if the media loves you, Apple has a waiting list ? This is bad news?
    tburzio
  • If You Pre-Ordered, Why Be There At 7?

    Your order is good for 24 hours on the 24th. Show up anytime and you'll get your phone. That's what the pre-order is for.
    itanalyst2010
    • Some people have no lives

      @itanalyst2010, isn't it sad?
      hammeroftruth
      • RE: iPhone 4 pre-orders sell out; Apple bumps ship date for new orders

        @hammeroftruth Yes, it is...I walked into the Apple store right at 10AM, in less than a minute I had my IPhone pre-ordered and my confirmation email came less than 30 seconds later. It said I had 24 hours on the 24th to get my IPhone and I'll pick it up sometime during the day.
        itanalyst2010
  • no white no sale

    I wonder how many people bought black just because they had to have it now. I'm still on the original iPhone which is about as good as a tin can for phone calls. Ironically, it doesn't drop as many calls as my girlfriend's 3GS.
    hammeroftruth
    • So you got the original which was two gens behind the

      @hammeroftruth
      3GS and you had/have complaints with it's abilities. Did you not talk to your GF about her choice and your experience? I mean seriously I'm an Apple fan I own a 3GS after several of my friends purchased previous versions and had nothing but praise for the phone. I've had no dropped call issues so my story makes far more sense. If I had a GF who bought an iPhone and has such complaints and I could use her phone and find that they were actually true I'd have never purchased my 3GS. Seriously!

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
      • RE: iPhone 4 pre-orders sell out; Apple bumps ship date for new orders

        @James Quinn
        Come on guy. Everyone in this country who either owns an iPhone or who knows someone with an iPhone, knows that it drops calls! Oh, unless you are lucky enough to work at Apple and use their top secret HSPA/14 connection along with Jobs. FYI There is a drop call app!!
        worldbfree4me
      • Yep, No real reason to upgrade till now

        @James Quinn
        Yes I tried to see what is wrong with her phone, and it's the 3g signal (big frickin suprise huh). Ironically if she switches to 2g it works better. Are you really going to defend AT&T?? If so, you probably have never owned an iphone or used the AT&T network. I've been with them since 94 pre-gsm. While their network has issues, they are still better than nickel and dimeing Verizon.

        By the way, how the hell do you get to use a phone before purchasing one? Since that is what you recommend.
        hammeroftruth
  • RE: iPhone 4 pre-orders sell out; Apple bumps ship date for new orders

    Despite strong sales the Iphone will never catch up to the Droid. How can Apple compete with all those Droid vendors? This is Apple's last big push until they fall permanently behind the competition (blackberry, Droid). I would say a solid third place would be a very good showing for the Iphone. The Iphone should be able to hold off Nokia.
    akear
    • can't agree with you

      Have you seen how many Apple fans are out there? People actually hooting and hollering just from buying an iPad. And the iPhone is just in a league by itself, it isn't without flaws, but compared to all the Droid phones out there, it is still the better combination of hardware and software. Until the fad of Apple dies, which could be at any time, as technology fads come and go in the blink of an eye, I doubt Droid's or any other smart phones could be viewed as desirable as the iPhone by the larger public.
      nothingness
    • You could be right......

      @akear
      Still considering a few years ago Apple has no presence in the mobile phone market place a solid third won't be bad at all. As long as the iPhone makes Apple a good solid profit I don't see a problem for it in that old saw the Market Share game. After all the Macintosh has never had a huge market share but it has and does make Apple money... Good money I might add and that is the whole point of the game is it not?

      Still you "MIGHT" be wrong and Apple ends up in a solid second place or who knows... First? I tend to doubt the last option there but one never knows does one:P

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • RE: iPhone 4 pre-orders sell out; Apple bumps ship date for new orders

      @akear

      Simple, Apple sells an experience while most others (Droid, BB, etc) sell features (most of which are poorly integrated). I am interested to see how MS will follow with their new OS and handsets.

      The social API in the new GameCenter for iOS4 is huge, and the ease of video calls is second to none. Winning is not creating the feature set, it is getting it used.

      What I want to see is a web/app usage numbers (in terms of minutes) for iOS, BB, and Android.
      mobile_manny
      • RE: iPhone 4 pre-orders sell out; Apple bumps ship date for new orders

        @mobile_manny I think we've already seen some of it when you look at the Android numbers vs iPhone (instead of iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and anything else they can find that starts with an i). Android is already pulling ahead.

        As far as an "experience". Thats a marketing term that quickly reaching the end of its rope. The devices all work the same way....you see an icon you touch it. If we really want to talk about some sort of social experience then Apple is already behind. GameCenter MIGHT turn out to be good. But wheres the direct integration of the established social sites like Facebook into the OS. Many Android devices have this already and its no where to be found on the iPhone. I'd say in terms of experience when it comes to unified communication Android has taken that lead a while ago. The iPhone is just now getting a unified email inbox. Experience is nothing more than the sum of features which Apple has fallen behind on.
        storm14k
    • How did Apple compete with all the MP3 vendors, the online music guys etc?

      @akear

      Apple went from zero against Samsung, iRiver, Sony, Toshiba (which built the first Zune as well), Microsoft, Sandisk and destroyed them.
      Geeks and Apple haters kept saying those other MP3 players had more features, more memory, cheaper, more open formats etc etc but where are they now????
      Apple now has 80% of the iPod market. dozens of OEMS including microsoft fighting over 20% of market. Yet people never think of the iPod or itunes (which crushed so many online music services) and think iPhone will just collapse against Droid. Why?

      If Monsters like Sony with their years of Walkman experience, hundreds of patents, a world wide marketing chain, good reputation couldn't stop the iPod (Apple at that time had never made a music player before) what makes you all think Droid will certainly win?

      Surely beating a relatively simple device like iPod would have been EASY for Sony, Samsung, Microsoft ? Sony even owns chunks of the music business with Sony Music. Msft has billions $ to throw at it.

      what's that again about "How can Apple compete with all those Droid vendors? "
      Windows Mobile had MANY MANY vendors as well, everyone said when iPhone was launched Win Mo will kill it like Windows vs Mac and is now 3 years after iPhone Win Mo is DEAD, no more Win Mo after 6.5. The Win Mo boss FIRED. Msft desperately trying to copy Apple with a completely different OS: WP 7, so rushed that it does not even have copy and paste 3 years after iPhone launch.

      Look at the numbers, Droid only has presence in U.S where iPhone has one carrier and China where iPhone is also on one carrier (China mobile which controls most of the cell phones does not carry iPhone.) Everywhere where iPhone has multiple carriers Android has tiny market share.

      I've written before about iPhone vs Android advantages like integrated software hardware, UI, iTunes, much much bigger App Store, Apple stores to provide service, fragmentation of Android etc so I won't go into it.

      One point I haven't mention before is that as Droid makers don't make money off the Ads, Apps, Music etc like Apple and since individually they sell relatively tiny numbers compared to the iPhone they make very little money. Already we see Droid phones with pitiful build quality (faulty screens, keyboards that break etc) as the try to cut corners like bargain basement PCs. Either cut corners or go broke.
      Davewrite
      • RE: iPhone 4 pre-orders sell out; Apple bumps ship date for new orders

        @Davewrite <br><br>Here is another iPhone advantage that Android manufacturers have no clue about. Accessory and aftermarket support. We've seen from the iPod how much of a strength it was having such accessory support (made for iPod program), and how it helped build up and strengthen its ecosystem. You buy an iPod, you can expect a whole army of companies selling special cases and chargers and specially made alarm clocks and battery chargers etc, many you won't find anywhere else. Not only that but when you have a whole two aisle in Best Buy dedicated to these iPod/iPhone wares, that's just more free marketing for Apple. Companies like Bose, iLuv, Rhapsody and others advertising their iPod/iPhone only accessory in print and TV is free marketing for Apple. Everywhere you go there will be something reminding consumers of the iPhone (just like the iPod). Brand recognition and mind-share will remain the strongest for Apple. The iPhone and its features are easily identifiable which is key, compared to the confusing and fragmented pace of Android. Ask general consumers today who is HTC and most will give you a clueless look.
        dave95.
      • dave95 , good point. NT

        @dave95

        nt
        Davewrite
  • I would not be surprised....

    If Apple just simply shut their servers off and on to create some news. The clamoring of people wanting an Evo has been to great. Theres still the Samsung Galaxy S to come and now theres the Droid X. Apple needs anything they can get to remain in the news cycle at this point.
    storm14k
    • RE: iPhone 4 pre-orders sell out; Apple bumps ship date for new orders

      @storm14k

      Look deeper into the stats, and then look at usage. iPhone users don't surf ... they use apps. Android apps that work well across platforms are hard to develop, take it from me ... I've built BB/iOS/Android and the differences in OS and API implementation is staggering.

      The next Android phone is always going to be the one to hit it big, with the iPhone next year is now. If you don't care about apps or UX, Android is great.

      HTML5 should level the playing field some, but you will never get the smoothness of operation in web based apps you will in well executed client side apps.

      The 3Gs was about the last kid on the block to get video recording, but yet it blew youtube mobile numbers off the chart. It is not what is does, but how it is used.
      mobile_manny