Only one day after the pre-orders have started, they have been suspended again, the reason? Apple has already clocked 600,000 pre-orders. This has resulted in both Apple and AT&T suspending their pre-orders at least for a while.
Apple’s shipping dates have been pushed into mid-July, Apple’s reply to the huge popularity of the iPhone:
“Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple’s new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.”
600,000 pre-orders, wow what a huge number when you consider that Apple sold 300,000 ipads between pre-orders and in-store sales. Furthermore according to AT&T “the first-day iPhone 4 pre-orders were ten times larger than the iPhone 3GS pre-orders from last year.
According to several sources, Apple’s shipping dates for orders placed now have been pushed back to “by July 14th ”. Customers can no longer reserve a phone for in-store pickup on launch day. All hope shouldn’t be abandoned though, most Apple stores will still have a limited supply of iPhone 4s on hand for walk-up customers, so if you didn’t pre-order you can still try your luck on June 24th.