Story updated with Best Buy information.
NEW YORK (
) -- Nabbing one of
new iPhone 4 smartphones on June 24 is turning out to be an incredibly difficult feat.
According to a blog post on
, one of the few retailers lined up to sell the Apple iPhone 4, has said that if consumers haven't already pre-ordered the phone, they probably won't get one.
"If you didn't pre-order
the iPhone, then on the 24th, most likely, we will not have it available for purchase," a Best Buy sales rep told
. "We do not know how many phones we will actually have in the store on the 24th, if any."
Investors, retailers, and even Apple seem to be anticipating a big shortage of iPhone 4 supply for tomorrow, the first day of the smartphone's general availability. Yesterday,
reported that the iPhone 4 wouldn't be available in its stores until June 29. And last week,
Apple itself pushed back the online shipment date for new iPhone orders
on its Web site.
Apple, which is facing
, is clearly off to a flyer with the new iPhone 4.
During Apple's recent second-quarter results, iPhone shipments climbed a massive 131% compared to the same period last year, reaching 8.75 million devices. iPhone revenue also rose dramatically, reaching $5.45 billion, compared to $2.43 billion in prior year's quarter. iPhone sales now account for around 40% of Apple's total revenue.
Best Buy has advised customers that have not pre-ordered a new iPhone to call ahead to their local store to see whether additional iPhones are available.
-- Reported by James Rogers in New York
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