Wednesday, June 16, 2010

iPhone 4 Hot Enough To Melt Down Apple And AT&T

Even the biggest Apple dissident can't deny the fact that Apple's iPhone is one of the hottest items on the market today. Earlier this week they rebuffed that statement when they began offering pre-sale orders of the latest incarnation the iPhone 4. The mere act of offering the phones for pre-sale was enough to drag both companies sites to a crawl!

In statements released today both companies acknowledging and apologized for yesterday's iPhone 4 pre-order meltdown. According to AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom, pre-order sales for the iPhone 4 were 10 times higher than the first day of pre-orders for the iPhone 3GS last summer. Apple has also publicly acknowledged that things did not go smoothly, apologizing to would-be customers who weren't able to get an order in before the iPhone 4 sold out.

While persistent problems plagued both the AT&T and Apple sites and ordering was less than smooth enough U.S. customers got through to exhaust the supplies Apple and AT&T had set aside for delivery June 24.

Late Tuesday, Apple replaced the iPhone 4's June 24 delivery promise with "Ships: By July 2nd."

Apple reported they took more than 600,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4 yesterday. This 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," forcing many customers to abandon their attempts to complete an order.

It looks like all you Apple Fanboys (and girls) will just have to wait another week or two to get your hands on your new iPhone.

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