It’s no secret Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus inventory is constrained, but now it’s clear just how limited availability will be come Friday morning when the new models are supposed to hit store shelves. The iPhone 7 Plus is sold out around the world, as is the Jet Black iPhone 7, which means what’s left of the black, rose gold, and silver iPhone 7 inventory will be hard to come by.
Pre-order delivery dates quickly slipped from September 16th into October and later when sales started last Friday, and Apple Upgrade Program participants found there was very little inventory available for them. Apple has since reallocated some of its remaining supply to the Upgrade Program.
Insider sources said yesterday iPhone inventory will be very limited in stores, and some locations won’t have any available. With Apple confirming all Jet Black models along with all iPhone 7 Plus models are sold out, it’s looking like those sources were right.
Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at a media event last week. The new models sport quad-core A10 processors, longer battery life, wider color gamut displays, and improved 12 megapixel cameras. The iPhone 7 Plus packs two rear-facing cameras for wide angle and telephoto shots, and both include improved flashes, too.
The fact that Apple chose to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the new models doesn’t seem to be impacting sales. Apple is including Lightning connector EarPods and a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in the box, and Bluetooth headphones are also an option.
Apple confirmed the iPhone supply constraints, according to Reuters. Company spokesperson Trudy Muller added, “We sincerely appreciate our customers’ patience as we work hard to get the new iPhone into the hands of everyone who wants one as quickly as possible.”
Lines are already forming outside some Apple Store locations with shoppers who didn’t pre-order hoping to get their hands on the new iPhone models. Odds are most will walk away tomorrow disappointed because there simply aren’t enough to meet demand.