In a press release, Apple announced they sold more than 600,000 iPhones in the first day of pre-orders. AT&T claims these numbers are ten times the 3GS pre-orders. All the new pre-orders are now shipping either on 4′th or 14′th July. This was however not the first hiccup in the pre-ordering process as AT&T’s servers crashed earlier today due to 13 million eligibility checks. Some buyers also claim their orders were charged and sent to wrong people, while earlier some had expressed their orders were not at all processed. The speed-bumps were not only limited to the Americans as the Apple store UK also extended the Shipping date to 2′nd July. It seems the ‘Smooth Apple Experience’ quite has a few exceptions.
Apple’s PR statement -
“Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple’s new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.”