Apple Inc.'s newest iPhone was selling briskly Thursday as thousands lined up outside stores around the world to become among the first to own the device amid concerns of supply shortages.
The iPhone 4's launch began in Japan and sold out by early afternoon at the flagship store of Softbank, Apple's exclusive wireless carrier there. The launch moved across France, Germany and the U.K. before going on sale at 7 a.m. in each time zone in the U.S. Some stores abroad had midnight openings.
More than with past launches, there were worries about limited supplies after more than 600,000 people rushed to pre-order iPhones on the first day they were available, prompting Apple and its exclusive wireless partner in the U.S., AT&T Inc., to stop taking orders for shipment by Thursday's launch. On Apple's website, new orders weren't promised for delivery until July 14.
Sean Hill, 39, a Washington police officer who had pre-ordered his phone, smiled and proudly held the phone up for the crowd to see as he walked out of the newly opened Apple store in the Georgetown neighborhood.
"I'm like a kid in a candy store," Hill said. "I'm probably going to spend all morning playing with it."
Those who didn't place an iPhone 4 order had to line up outside Apple stores Thursday in the hopes of snagging one on a first-come, first-served basis. Apple wouldn't say whether it believes it has enough iPhones on hand.
"I am going to be very disappointed and upset if they run out before I get one," said Jasmine Cordova, 25, an administrative assistant in Brooklyn. "They have been advertising and hyping for months. They should make sure to stock enough."
Amazing, Absolutely Amazing!
These people have nothing better to do than waste time to get the latest electronic gadget. Mind you they already have a working cell phone, they just want to get the "newer, better, model"
I think the value system has gotten fritzed out. Instead of taking the time and effort to do this, how about reading a book or brusghing up on the latest news and facts that will impact their lives.....
Strangely you don't see any old folks there.