iPhone 4S demand continues to outstrip supply

iPhone 4S demand continues to outstrip supply
Apple stores continue to sell out their stock of the iPhone 4S on a daily basis, according to a recent poll conducted by Clay Whitmore of Deutsche Bank. The survey of 30 Apple retail locations showed that 85-90% of the retail locations burn through their inventory each day. According to Whitmore, Apple employees have been routinely instructing customers to reserve phones online after selling out their in-store supply.

Whitmore feels that supply is the only limiting factor on how many of the new iPhones Apple can sell this quarter. He had originally forecast global sales of 28 million iPhones during the upcoming holiday season, but now feels this is an “increasingly conservative” estimate.

It should be noted that this survey only examined inventory sales at Apple retail locations, not sales in stores of wireless carriers, although early reports by carriers suggest record-breaking sales numbers. Another factor that may constrain supply of Apple’s new flagship handset is the heavily front-loaded global sales rollout; the iPhone 4S launched in seven countries at the same time, and expanded to 22 additional countries on October 28th, which is the fastest global launch of an iPhone model to date.

We won’t fully know how this will impact local availability until Apple reports this quarter’s numbers, but clearly they are selling extremely well.

source: Apple Insider



1. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

But remix said 4S sales are a failure. This phone is way outdated and not even a smartphone. I don't understand? How come it's outselling all the android phones that are extremely superior? Am I missing something? Oh yea that's android fantasy land... http://www.idownloadblog.com/2011/10/10/android-users-dont-get-it/

4. drodriguezsd

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

Is just a hater ;) That's all. iPhone4S FTW.

6. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

He didn't "quote" you at all. The carriers and Best Buy in the DC/Maryland metropolitan areas can't keep any type of supply at all.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

actually, he was. He's been trying to quote me all day.

17. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

why don't you stop trolling yourself. Only the hardcore fanboy believe the iphone would will failure. I love my android but I am not delusion enough to thing the iphone will do poorly.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

proving my point about misquotes. noone said the iphone4s will sell poorly. quit jumping to conclusions based on nothing. your just feeding the trolls to keep misquoting.

8. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

sprint.com have sold out of all 3 models.... and there is a 3 week wait in telesales

14. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Man calm down, taco is not worth your fury.

16. zafrir

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

I usually don't post many comments but I have to make one point. At least in Los Angeles, the Apple stores have been receiving at least 50 iPhone 4S's every single day and they are always sold out. Thats at least 350 iPhone 4S's being sold per week in each store. The AT&T stores are currently backordered 21-28 days as well. I haven't checked Verizon or Sprint as they don't interest me. The bottom line is the iPhone 4S is a hot selling device. There are many great Android devices out there which are just as good as the iPhone, but the iPhone 4S definitely holds a serious flagship status at this point.

19. Mr.phone.guy.

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 25, 2011

Are people really on here calling each other names over cell phone os's? People are going to like what they like, weather it's android or apple and there is nothing wrong with that. there is nothing wrong with either os. we're lucky we get a choice. Now shut up and get along children, or do something better with your time.

13. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Wow taco50 i'm impressed you used my link. http://www.idownloadblog.com/2​011/10/10/android-users-dont-get-it/ It's basically about what hardcore fandroids say on almost every website were apple comes into. It's rly dumb what most fandroids say on this site against apple. An android pissing on an apple is just rude. Or someone said. Apple doesn't has a multitasking system. Euhm yes it does. But hey all those hardcore fandroids, who post foolish comments about how apple bad is etc. They don't represent all android users. I admit taco50 is sometimes, also making foolish comments but less then you all fandroids do. I think no one did read this article. About the link ofc. They don't read anything. But I noticed also a good comment from an android user he agrees. Taco50 stole my link but I don't care. It's good that he read it. I've first posted it on the article entitled: "Is apple testing siri for iphone 4?" And for those who have on this site a profile photo about android smashing an apple or something similiar. Pls delete it.

37. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It was a good read. Thanks for sharing it.

41. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Do you feel smart? your information is coming from an i-Blog. Of course they say i-os is better.. you are a real moron.

21. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Taco they will always hate

23. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

really? are you making accounts to give yourself thumbs up...sad

29. phungn

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

I actually have both the 4s and I the galaxy s2 and I feel people blow the difference between the two way out of proportion. The galaxy s2 runs 99% as fast as my iphone, where the 1% faster I give to the iphone. The music player in the iphone I also much prefer. The screen I much prefer on the galaxy s2 though and that leads me to end up grabbing that most days I go out. I usually have a lot is down time when I'm out and I honestly deplore watching movies, gaming or web browsing on the iphone. Also, having widgets is a nice convenience. They are equal enough in most other things where it doesn't make a difference to me. My dad can pick up either phone and use it still the same. I haven't experienced and crashes in either phone that I consider to be detrimental to my experience with either though it has happened to me on both. I'm not here to convince you which is better, this is just my experience with both.

32. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

thank you good and fair comment

42. phungn

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Thanks :) we all love our gadgets, no need to take everything so personal like some of these people. Lol these guys will thumb you down for any comment. Quite immature. Unreasonable hatred for either just seems so pointless

40. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It's cosidered very dumb to post a link from an i-Blog..

3. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I'm selling my iPhone 4s for 50 dollars less its a black iPhone 32 gb. If anyone's interested message me it's brand new I will send it in the box and everything

5. drodriguezsd

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

$50 less? You're on crack. Try selling that to an idiot on Craigslist. We aren't fools here -_- Try $100-150 less.

7. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

The iPhone 4S is on backorder with most carriers. So they can't sell the phones as fast as they would like and very few carrier stores (unless you're in BFE...) have the phone in stock. Most carriers are resorting to a wait list where it becomes, "we'll send you a notification when it's in stock." From what I've heard from my customers, most can pick one up from the apple store and not have an issue. They usually call at the apple store, ask us if we have it or for some clarification, then just walk into the Apple store and buy it right then and there. That makes me think that apple is constantly keeping their stores stocked, which makes sense, while getting to the carriers at a slower pace.

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

Eventhough wait time is listed as 21 ~ 28 days, mine arrived in 13 days from AT&T. I'm not even sure how accurate these shipping estimates are. (Ordered on the 14th, devices shipped out on the 26th, and arrived on the 27th

11. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Generally companies give the longest wait time, so if you get the device before that date it's a "oh sweet!" for the customer. Versus giving a shorter wait time, and then going over that leaving the customer with a "fhuiebhwau**&*($" even though it may have arrived on the same day in both cases. Kind of like ordering pizza: They can quote you a wait time of 30-45 minutes and arrive there in 20 and you're happy cause you got your pizza sooner! But if they quote a 15 min wait time and they get there in 20 you're angry cause they're late. :P

25. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

This has never been the case for the previous models of iphones. They usually arrived in the early part of their estimate

12. firelightx

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Of course it outstrips supply. That's very easy to do when a company deliberately restricts the supply chain. Classic hype-building maneuver. Build much less than you expect to sell, so that it's always sold out, which gives customers the impression that it's flying off the shelf. The reality is, most vendors and retailers haven't even seen 1 4s shipped to their store. Not one. So they keep claiming it's "Sold Out" when the reality is they have yet to actually carry it.

20. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

I think you made it clear you have no idea what reality is.

15. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.................................... Does this mean anything important?

24. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

nooooooooooooooooooooooooot to you

22. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

all android fan boys can flame all they want, even a writer for this website could too, it still doesn't matter. iPhone will continue to sell very well state side or international.

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