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Apple Stores Sell Out of iPhone
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007 at 9:10 AM - by
Apple may have been able to meet iPhone demand for the June 29 release, but many of the company's retail locations are starting to sell out only four days after the launch. As many as 95 of Apple's 164 U.S. stores were sold out by Monday night, according to Bloomberg.
Apple Store locations in Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah and Washington were completely sold out. Other states including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and several others still had iPhones available at some locations.
iPhone purchases made from the company's online store are shipping in 2-4 weeks, which may mean that Apple was planning its first major stock replenishment for two weeks after the initial launch.
Since Apple has not revealed how many iPhone units were distributed to stores, it's difficult to say if the shortage is a result of consumer demand, limited production, or a combination of both. Based on overall consumer reaction, however, demand for the combination iPod and smartphone is beginning to tax the available supply.
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