Rumored iPhone Shortage + 6PM to 12AM

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by arcanic, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. arcanic macrumors regular

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    Like many of you counting down the release of the iPhone, I have been trying to determine the best way to secure me one on release. I was thinking though...if there is indeed a 'shortage' of iPhones....why would they bother staying open to midnight? Like the PS3 and Wii, they were sold out in minutes...definitely not 6 hours.

    Thoughts?

    Arc:D
     
  2. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

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    because it gets people who wanted to see the iPhone into the store so they can upsell something else if they don't have any.
     
  3. BEASTMAN macrumors member

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    because everyone will be signing up for plans, its just not like an ipod where you can ring it up in one swipe, takes time
     
  4. arcanic thread starter macrumors regular

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    Exactly....which is my point. If they're opening until midnight...chances are they have enough iPhones to last throughout.

    Arc
     
  5. DeathChill macrumors 68000

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    It's rumoured there's over 3 million iPhones stockpiled. That's WAY more then enough considering it's such an expensive gadget.
     
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    The rumor of there being 3 million on hand is, without a doubt, the most ludicrous rumor out there. Think about it, how the hell could 3 million have been made since FCC approval was granted? If FCC approval came 60 days ago (and it was later I believe), that means 50,000 would have to be made each day.
     
  7. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020

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    The _only_ way it could happen is if that 2nd company that was contracted to assembly the iPhones was also contracted to assembly the first run ones. iirc, the 2nd company was contracted to assembly a different looking unit for different markets and they have to deliver x million by September.

    Even then, I have a hard time believing it.
     
  8. lekun macrumors regular

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    I agree 3M is a little absurd, but I doubt they waited until FCC Approval to begin the manufacturing process.
     
  9. loudestnoise macrumors 6502

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    That's a good point. Whatever amount they will have in stock June 29, it seems odd to think they would have waited for FCC approval. I mean, it is the greatest phone of all, how could it not receive FCC approval?
     
  10. A Pittarelli macrumors 6502

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    if you made millions of phones, only to be turned down by the fcc, you would have to remake all the phones with whatever modifications they require to make it fall within guiadelines. then you would be out millions of phones + labour
     
  11. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    What phone is an 'upsell' from the iPhone?
     
  12. lekun macrumors regular

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    Look FCC approval isn't some unknown gauntlet where you submit your device, cross your fingers, and hope for the best. What is needed for approval is well known in advance (and largely has to do with interference and frequencies).

    Any major company knows with quite certainty whether or not their device is going to receive FCC approval. Its not some roll of the dice.

    Furthermore, manufacturing has many steps, and quite a few of those steps (including having all parts arrive at factory, first stages of assembly) could be done before approval, and then the rest finished after approval.

    When SJ announced the iPhone he could say with relative certainty that the iPhone would be available in June because FCC approval was going to happen, but the exact time or day (remember, this is a government office) of approval couldn't be known.
     
  13. arcanic thread starter macrumors regular

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  14. TequilaBoobs macrumors 6502a

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    consider waiting for revision 1 to buy iphone.
     
  15. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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  16. SilverPenny macrumors newbie

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    You know, I hear this a lot. But I trust Apple enough to deliver a quality product. If they don't, oh well, I can think of far worst ways to spend money. (*cough* alcohol :) )

    I say, buy it. Don't like it? You have 30 days to return it.
     
  17. TequilaBoobs macrumors 6502a

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    alcohol has a medicinal quality; it kills germs. :p
    lets hope the first batch doesnt have some major problem. im just surprised so many people are willing to flop over $500 for something theyve never held, or seen in person.
     
  18. Eric1285 macrumors 6502

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    There's no proof that there won't be. The 3 million number is totally bogus.
     
  19. Gonzlobo Suspended

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    Let's see your proof.
     
  20. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    and the rumored figure is 6 Million
     
  21. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Maybe Apple risked it, and started making them anyway. Risky no doubt, but clearly they had some type of working unit as early as Jan..possiblly sooner.

    But if they have to set up a plan for each iPhone, similar to current plans, that took me a little under an hour. Most likely the store will have more people work, and be able to streamline the work, but still 1/2 hour is likely. Thats only 12 iPhones per store.
     
  22. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    I don't believe 90% of the rumors, but the 3,000,000 in my opinion is true.
     
  23. zap2 macrumors 604

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    I for one hope it is!

    Plenty of iPhones to go around
     
  24. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    Yeah. I'm getting 2 on the 29th. Hopefully they aren't limiting them <3
     
  25. arcanic thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was just listening to the TWIT podcast and they mentioned Apple having 3 million at launch. Those guys are pretty respected in the blogsphere...I hope they're right!:eek:

    Arc
     

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