How to get an iPhone 4 on Thursday, June 24

Invisible Shield for Apple iPhone 4!“The iPhone 4 madness may have not crested yet,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

MacDailyNews Take: No even close to cresting, Gregg.

Keizer reports, “With AT&T suspending online orders and Apple boasting that it sold more than 600,000 in less than 24 hours last week, you don’t have to be a soothsayer to say that the iPhone 4 is in short-shorter-shortest supply… Where can [you] get an iPhone 4? Looks like your best bet is an Apple retail store.”

Forget about AT&T stores, Keizer reports, “Tuesday, the U.S. carrier said it would not have any iPhone 4s for sale to walk-in customers on Thursday.”

How about “heading to Best Buy or Wal-Mart or Radio Shack? All we can say is, ‘Best of luck,'” Keizer reports. “From all reports, Apple’s stiffed its retail partners. Best Buy’s customer forum, for example, is thick with reports from those claiming to be in-the-know that the electronics discounter will have a very small supply of iPhone 4s to sell Thursday. Ditto for Wal-Mart. Radio Shack looks even gloomier. ‘In some cases, stores that took requests will not receive the iPhone 4 on June 24,’ Radio Shack announced Tuesday on its Facebook page.”

Keizer reports, “When does the iPhone 4 go on sale? In the U.S., Apple’s retail stores open on Thursday, June 24, at 7 a.m. local time… Indicators point to a much bigger launch for the iPhone 4 than for 2009’s 3GS. We think the lines will be long tomorrow, with a good chance that Apple’s stores sell out.”

Much more in the full article here.


  1. The easiest way to get an iPhone 4 on Thursday is by going to an Apple Store about 6am Friday morning to join a much shorter queue for their 8AM post Thursday early opening when all the unclaimed reserved iPhones are released for sale to whomever shows up. Saturday Apple Stores go back to their usual 10am opening time.

  2. AT&T;has not stated that they have insufficient supply; I believe that Apple and AT&T;agreed to move back the AT&T;sale date to prevent the kind of IT capacity issues experienced during last week’s pre-order debacle. Apple has planned, far in advance, to ship a predetermined number of iPhones to Apple stores and other retailers.

  3. I checked with my local walmart and the lady that worked in the electronics department said that they only had 1. She said that she is telling all because it would suck to stand in line for hours and find out that they only had 1 to sell.

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