updated 11:55 am EDT, Mon June 1, 2009
Best Buy iPhone stock low
iPhone inventory is now extremely limited in the Best Buy supply chain, a memo from the retailer's corporate division is said to warn. Shipments of the device are expected to be light or non-existent over the course of the next few weeks, the memo elaborates, and it is suggested that some stores may run out of product completely. The Best Buy situation follows reports of low stock at AT&T and Vodafone Australia.
Whenever Apple introduces updated hardware, it is known to let earlier versions of a product run out, thereby reducing the need to dispose of leftover stock. Widespread shortages may thus be confirmation of analyst predictions, arguing that the company is planning to announce a new iPhone at WWDC -- which begins June 8th -- and then ship the device several weeks later. The same pattern was followed for the first- and second-generation iPhone launches.