updated 09:30 am EDT, Mon June 29, 2009
iPhone 3GS shortages
Apple Stores in the United States are experiencing widespread shortages of the iPhone 3GS, the company's stock-tracking systems show. As of Sunday, 13 out of 211 stores were completely sold out of the 3GS, in any capacity. The most difficult model to find is said to be the 16GB white phone, which is absent from more than half of locations at 121.
16GB models are thought to be the most popular, but the next greatest shortage belongs to the 32GB black model, which is absent from 84 stores, or 40 percent. By contrast, both the 16 black and 32GB white 3GS variants are missing in only 23 percent of stores. The $99 iPhone 3G, sold exclusively in black, is available everywhere.
Listed stock quantities may change rapidly however, as the company is promising to ship more phones daily, depending on when individual stores are open. The company is now also updating its online tracking hourly, as opposed to once a day, which was standard following the introduction of the iPhone 3G in 2008. Should an Apple Store not have a phone buyers also have a chance of turning to an AT&T, Best Buy or Walmart outlet.