85% of Apple stores running out of iPhone 4S stock daily

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Demand for the iPhone 4S stays very strong almost one month after its release. The vast majority of Apple stores are running out of iPhone 4S units on a daily basis, says one analyst. His name is Chris Whitmore of Deutsche Bank, and he took a poll of 30 different Apple stores, revealing that between 85 percent and 90 percent of participating stores are selling out of iPhone 4S stock each day.

I should point out that 30 Apple stores is a very small sample of every retail location in the world, but with such a large chunk selling out of iPhone 4S units, it’s likely the percentage is somewhat accurate in representing the broader picture.

Apple is working to keep customer satisfaction up by allowing buyers to reserve an iPhone 4S online as the company did last year with the iPhone 4. Those who reserve the phone later receive an email letting them know when more iPhone 4S stock is in so they can pick it up. Apple doesn’t show any signs of the iPhone 4S being sold out on its website, however there is a 1-2 week shipping delay in place for online shoppers. AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are all fresh out of units, too.

But hey, it could be much worse than it is, folks. Imagine the chaos if Apple redesigned this year’s iPhone with all-new manufacturing techniques; that would make the current stock situation seem like bliss.

[via AppleInsider]

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