updated 10:00 am EDT, Tue July 15, 2008
iPhone 3G sold out
The iPhone 3G is now in extremely short supply in the US, according to official Apple tracking widgets. As of 6AM Eastern time on Tuesday, the 8 and 16GB models are listed as as unavailable in the Apple Stores of 21 American states: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
Across the country some 117 stores have reported selling out completely, while only 27 can claim to have white and black 16GB iPhones as well as the basic 8GB version. Apple operates 188 stores in total within the US.
It is recommended by the company that people looking for an iPhone check stock after 9PM local time, to ensure any new shipments have arrived. Buyers should then come to a store as soon as possible, as a result of the company's first-come-first-served sales policy.
Apple Stores may also be the only venue to buy an iPhone in many cases, as AT&T says it was "virtually" sold out by the end of Friday, and does not know when its own shops will receive new packages.