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Genius Bars now replacing some black iPhone 4s with 4S

updated 10:12 am EDT, Mon May 7, 2012

iPhone 4 shortage switches colors

The Genius Bars at Apple Stores are now in some cases replacing black iPhone 4 models with equivalent iPhone 4S models, 9to5Mac claims. Recently it was said that Geniuses were replacing broken white, GSM 16GB iPhone 4 units with 4S models instead, owing to shortages of the former. As of earlier this week though, Apple is said to have "almost" caught up with demand for white 16GB iPhone 4 units, but developed new constraints involving black 16 and 32GB iPhone 4 models.

Any split between GSM and CDMA stock in unclear. Like with the white iPhone 4 shortage, people who need a black iPhone 4 replaced may now potentially get an upgrade to a black 4S, depending on whether or not a store has stock of the older-generation hardware. The only versions of the iPhone 4 officially on sale are black and white 8GB models, making it relatively difficult for Apple to supply higher capacities.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Chris

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    Just getting the hang of post-titles eh?

    Took me a moment to realize what you meant, 4s with 4S doesn't read well.

  1. Pilsner6910

    Joined: Dec 1969



    4's with 4S...bad grammar in journalism is bad grammar

  1. nuke49

    Joined: Dec 1969



    4s is the correct plural of 4, not 4's. It does make for a double take reading 4s and 4S, though

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    4s replaced with 4Ss

    Would make the article easier to understand.

  1. jmonty12

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thanks commenters

    This story only makes sense when you read the comments. Thanks commenters!

  1. MacAssemble

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I had to re-read that title 3 times to figure it out. I thought it was a type at first :)

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