Six weeks after the iPhone 4S arrived, the three largest U.S. wireless carriers are still struggling to keep up with demand for Apple’s fifth handset, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Launched in the U.S. and six other countries on October 14, the iPhone 4S is still selling out quickly at AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. In fact, people are still waiting up to three weeks to get the smartphone at some locations. Meanwhile, Apple’s own website is reporting a 1-2 week delay in iPhone 4S shipments for new orders.
According to Glenn Luri, AT&T’s president of emerging devices:
“We are having some supply issues in the sense that demand’s huge. We have had just record-breaking sales on it.”
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Verizon Wireless, Brenda Raney, said the carrier is working with Apple to increase its inventory of iPhone 4S models. “Not only was the iPhone 4S popular when it was introduced, but the popularity continues to build,” she said. “We don’t want to keep our customers waiting for their purchases.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently told analysts he expected the iPhone 4S to set a record for iPhone sales during the current quarter. Cook’s opinion, based on this report, seems about right.
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Bonus: iPhone 4S Features
The iPhone 4S looks and feels exactly like the iPhone 4.