The launch of the new iPhone looks set to cause long lines at stores next week, because Apple and AT&T have stopped taking “pre-orders” for the device. More than 600,000 iPhone 4’s were sold on the first day of pre-orders alone.
The two companies started accepting orders for the iPhone 4 on Tuesday, and quickly sold out. On Wednesday morning, AT&T Inc.’s website was no longer accepting orders. Apple Inc.’s site was accepting orders for black models only, and only for shipping by July 2, more than a week after the June 24 launch.
Buyers had a lot of trouble getting their orders through on Tuesday because computer systems were unable to handle the onslaught.