Apple Stores Open Early for iPhone 4 Launch

Apple retail stores began opening at 7AM local time on June 24 to kick off the official iPhone 4 launch. Stores opened early so shoppers that reserved an iPhone could pick theirs up ahead of the general public.

The early store hours won’t, however, make the shoppers in line among the first to get their new iPhone. Many pre-orders that were processed on June 15 were delivered on the 23rd, a day ahead of the official launch. FexEx delivered a few on the 22nd as well.

Apple’s new iPhone 4

Apple introduced the new iPhone 4 on June 7 during the Steve Jobs keynote presentation at the company’s annual World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco. The new model includes a redesigned form factor that’s 24 percent thinner than the iPhone 3GS, a substantially higher resolution multi-touch display, front and rear facing cameras, an LED flash, support for capturing HD movies, and more.

The 16GB and 32GB black iPhone 4 is available today for US$199 and $299, respectively. The white version, however, has been delayed until mid July over production-related issues.