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16GB iPhone seeing shortages worldwide

updated 01:00 pm EDT, Fri March 14, 2008

16GB iPhone Shortages

The recently introduced 16GB iPhone is seeing shortages that are restricting Apple's ability to serve both foreign markets and even its own, according to checks by iFUN. In the US, the online Apple Store lists the high-end handset as shipping in 5-7 days, while T-Mobile Germany's iPhone page makes no mention of the device, listing only the 8GB version. Austria and France also continue to display the 8GB model alone.

This delay may last for a long time, according to one T-Mobile spokesperson, who only expects to see availability of the 16GB iPhone within four weeks. The shortage is credited to higher than expected demand, although representatives from Apple and French provider Orange have not commented on the situation, which does not affect UK buyers.

Supplies of the 16GB version may potentially be constrained by stock, as Apple is known to use rarer, higher-density flash memory in the cellphone due to space constraints.

by MacNN Staff



  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    small surprise

    16GB is a respectable amount of space if you want most (if not all) of your music with you and want use of it for software, etc. People who want this kind of ability were smart enough to wait for the capcity to go up and price to go down (in context).

    The iPhone/Touch hardware /oftware model allows for massive improvements/additions in interface ability with the same piece of hardware. For the reasonable person, this would mean you'd buy with a mind for the device's longevity and ability to meet your media needs/wants. Anyone who's considered their storage uses would see the need for the maximum amount of space for their future use.

  1. yakirz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Which is why I'm waiting

    for 32 GB. My music takes up about 10-12 GB, and I don't want everything else to have to fit in 4 GB. Right now my 8 GB has a decent subset of my music, but not enough.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: small surprise

    More like small library. Already maxed out my 60GB iPod. And it doesn't even have videos on it.

  1. dpicardi

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think 32GB will be the price/space sweet spot for the iPhone. I think many iTunes users have far more than 16GB in their itunes folder. I have the 8GB iphone and love it. I don't even use it that much for music...still use my 80GB ipod for that. But 32GB of space would allow for a lot more music and videos and still provide a few gigs for games, other software and dls.

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