Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says because Apple “knocked it out of the park on the first weekend” supply chain shortages could force iPhone 3G customers to scramble to find a phone or delay their purchase into August, when beefed up orders should replenish supply.
Apple’s iPhone availability tool indicated yesterday just over 25% of the compnay’s 188 US retail stores had any models of the iPhone 3G in stock, with the most-hard-to-find 16GB model in black available in only 18 stores countrywide. Only 13 stores reported all three models on hand, while the apparently least-popular 16GB model in white could still be found in 46 stores.
AT&T company spokesman Wes Warnock said Tuesday their 1,200 retail stores are also nearly out of the iPhone. “As we’re able to start restocking our stores, we will do so as fast as we can.”