The iPhone 4 is certainly no longer the secret it was when Gizmodo revealed all last year, but that doesn’t mean some original prototypes aren’t still finding their way into the wild -- and onto eBay, where one such model is currently fetching upwards of $2,000 after hitting a million bucks thanks to phony bidders.
After years of rumors about the iPhone landing on Verizon Wireless, when the announcement finally came in January, the actual launch of the iPhone 4 on the carrier seemed anti-climactic -- but fear not, the real excitement will come with the next model.
In case you didn’t hear, a new iPhone was released this week, and you know what that means: Crowds of people clamoring to get Apple’s latest and greatest. Except in Verizon’s case, for the most part the crowds failed to materialize.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Apple releases a new iPhone model and the demand almost immediately overwhelms the actual supply. This time, however, the location isn’t the U.S. but rather China, where the device went on sale over the weekend and crowds swarmed in to get one.
Apple’s iPhone 4 launched in several international markets today, beginning with Australia, where one of the largest publications claims there are “no major reception problems” with the device. Meanwhile, it appears neighboring New Zealand had a little failure to launch at first.
Supply problems overseas are putting a crimp in the availability of iPhone 4s, creating big headaches for Apple at the same time that iPad availability is finally improving, flying past the three million mark in July.
It didn’t take long for the vultures to circle: Apple’s hot new iPhone 4 has barely been in most customers’ hands for a week, and already a trio of class-action complaints have been filed against the company over reception issues.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs may have suggested that iPhone 4 reception problems could be solved by using a case, but he wasn’t indicating that the company was willing to give them out for free, according to a rumored internal memo leaked on Tuesday.
If you need further proof that the iPhone 4 is the most popular out of the four generations thus far, look no further than to the photo above. That’s not folks sitting outside an AT&T store in Loganville, Georgia from last week -- it’s from early Tuesday morning, as folks are lining up yet again as AT&T gets their new stock.