updated 07:45 am EDT, Thu June 24, 2010
iPhone 4 now available in several countries
As promised, Apple today launched the iPhone 4 at retail. The smartphone has faced especially large cues that have been both long and sustained; the 5th Avenue Apple Store line at opening was described as being much longer than for the iPad and iPhone 3GS. In the UK, where the phones have been available for several hours, there are still queues for at least some stores, such as London's Regent Street flagship and the Oxford Street O2 store.
The lines are a mirror of Apple's strong pre-orders, but these aren't believed to include in-store reservations or on-the-spot purchases. At some stores, lines have been dominated by those who hadn't pre-ordered a phone and suggest that some may go home without an iPhone. During the original iPhone and iPhone 3G launches, sellouts didn't creep up until later in their respective launch weekends.
AT&T this year was forced to halt pre-orders after the first day and delayed unreserved sales to five days later so that it could cope with its advance orders first.
Reports from Japan aren't complete but claim that about 300 were queued at a key Softbank store in Tokyo's Harajuku district. Lines at Apple flagship stores like the Ginza store have usually been very long for such launches.
Regent Street, London, UK (Angry Britain, Will Owen)
5th Avenue, New York City (Lawrence Shum, David Lujan)
North Michigan Avenue, Chicago (David Chartier)
Rockingham Park, Salem, New Hampshire (Marianne Schultz)
Guildford, UK (Ben Tuffley)