Was there an iPhone 4s shortage last year?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Brad9753, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Brad9753 macrumors member


    Jun 7, 2012
    Brisol, UK
    Does anybody recall what happened last year? I ordered mine as soon as it went on pre order and got it on the launch day so I didn't really pay attention.
    Was there a shortage and a long wait for people who ordered after the launch date? Were there ones selling on eBay at higher prices?

    Don't know if I can be bothered to wait on the pre order day this year for hours on end for the site to work again..
  2. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    There is always a shortage on launch day of new apple products.....retina display, iphone, ipad (at least the original)......it always happens =/

    It has more to do with the time they start production. If they started it too soon, these leaks would be out months in advance. It is kind of a trade off.....late production = less supply.

    edit: like the user below said....it is not really a shortage b.c they are getting new supplies so often, but the lines are hours upon hours and they will run out on day one, but have more the next day.
  3. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    I don't think there was a shortage. Well, not at the Apple store here.
  4. THEAnonymous macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2008
    No actually, from what I remember last year there seemed to be quite ample supply of the 4s...which really seemed to piss off a lot of eBay gougers.
  5. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I think if you ordered online at some points the "2 days" estimate turned into "4 days."

    I'm not sure if you call that a shortage or not. I guess so, but it's not like you couldn't get one. You just had to wait a few more days.
  6. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2002
    Charleston, SC
    Not like the iPhone 4 was. I think they sold out online but stores had ample stock most of the day.

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