updated 11:30 am EDT, Wed September 1, 2010
Efforts to close gap not having any effect
Apple is still unable to cope with interest in the iPhone 4, two of the company's key executives indicate. A Deutsche Bank analyst, Chris Whitmore, recently met with CFO Peter Oppenheimer and senior VP of retail Ron Johnson to discuss the state of sales. "iPhone 4 demand remains very robust and despite efforts to close the supply-demand imbalance and the continued supply ramp, Apple still cannot meet iPhone demand," Whitmore says of the discussion.
At the online Apple Store, the company continues to list iPhone 4s as shipping in three weeks, even though the device has been available since June. Conversely, even the iPad is now shipping within 24 hours of an order. The iPhone 4 is rolling out to many more countries, however, and is usually cheaper in terms of its upfront pricetag.