Heavy demand outweighs iPhone 3G supply

“Apple Inc.’s iPhone 3G supply dropped dramatically over the weekend, as the company’s own inventory tool showed fewer than 9% of its stores had any phones to sell on Sunday,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

“As of 11 a.m. Eastern time, only 16 of Apple’s U.S. retail stores, or 8.5% of the 188 total stores, listed iPhone 3Gs available. That figure is significantly down from Thursday, when 50 stores, or 27%, indicated that they had iPhones in stock,” Keizer reports.

“And unlike last week, when as many as 13 stores said that they had all three iPhone 3G models for sale — the 8GB version in black, and the 16GB version in both white and black — by Sunday, no Apple store had all in inventory,” Keizer reports.

“Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray & Co., said in a Thursday interview that it would take Apple two to four weeks to place orders with its suppliers, receive more iPhones and restock the depleted inventory,” Keizer reports. “AT&T Inc.’s 1,200 retail stores, meanwhile, were almost completely out iPhone inventory as early as last Tuesday.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Kevin” for the heads up.]

23 Comments

  1. I don’t know, folks. Market movers REALLY hate money being left on the table; when massive numbers of people walk away from Apple/AT&T;stores with money still in their pockets, AAPL seldom moves up.

  2. @Randian

    Ofcourse.
    Best case would be to have enough for all customers.
    However, selling 1.000.000 units in 3 days… that’s serious demand!

    Even now, it feels even more exclusive owning an iPhone 3G, when everybody can buy one, but can’t – heh ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Got my 16GB Saturday morning. Can’t believe I got to that store at 7:20AM…and they don’t open until 10AM!

    Softbank’s computer system crashed due to too many stores trying to activate phones. Finally walked out the store with my new toy at 1:15PM. That was a long day.

  4. Got my 16GB upgrade on Friday… Battery drains fast but doesn’t really bother me – anyone who’s anyone has an iPod cable and USB port somewhere… my friend even has one on his boat!

    Amazing device, I’m glad I have mine, and glad I didn’t get the white one (I saw them in the Apple Store on Saturday and they get VERY grubby looking, especially around the SIM slot).

  5. Hi Something rotten?,

    Yeh I am doing what you suggested and it has helped, cheers for the tip…

    …also, things will improve over time. Apple have a knack of constantly tweaking things, releasing updates, improving efficiency.

  6. Well, someone can have mine. I am thinking of returning it to the Apple Store and resuming usage of my first generation iPhone. Two reasons: First, AT&T;is being disingenuous about the availability of 3G. It is spotty at best. I barely ever get it and the phone defaults to EDGE speed (with the little “E”) unless I travel into Alameda County, CA. I live in Contra Costa County (Pittsburg, Antioch). So, I see no point in paying for 3G (extra cost), when I can rarely even get it. So, the extra cost is not justified for me.

    Second, the OTA sync on (MobileMe) has been grossly unreliable anyway.

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