Apple stops waiting lists, first come first served only, some iPads available now

By on July 26, 2010 at 6:34 PM.

Apple stops waiting lists, first come first served only, some iPads available now

Our oh-so-hip Apple source has chimed in once again, letting us know some more details on Apple’s ramp up this past weekend. We have been told that stores sold a whole lot of iPads and iPhones, sending out anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 (and up) emails to customers who had put their name on the waiting list to come pick up their new gadgets. Apparently some of the Apple systems were down because of so much volume across the country. Even so, since not all customers will come in, and some may have purchased elsewhere, there are usually some reserved leftovers for the store to sell to walk-ins. We have confirmed with a couple Apple stores in the NYC area that they do have iPads in stock (Wi-Fi and 3G models) if you want to come in and try and snag one. They are still sold out of iPhones, however.

Lastly our source let us know that Apple actually stopped those “priority waiting lists” and we have independently confirmed that as well. We are told that the only way to purchase an iPhone 4 or iPad is to either walk in and buy one (if they have stock) or order it online.

Thanks Lindsey S.!

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Apple pushing through iPhone and iPad orders as reported?

By on July 26, 2010 at 2:30 PM.

Apple pushing through iPhone and iPad orders as reported?

Last week, we reported on a tip that one of our Apple sources provided us: Apple was planning to ramp up shipments of iPhone and iPad orders to those currently on waiting lists. We’ve been receiving tips all morning saying that customers who were on these waiting lists — not expecting to receive their items for weeks — have started getting notification that their iPads or iPhones will arrive in a few days. Additionally, a close friend of mine ordered an iPad with an estimated ship date of August 3rd, and the iPad was delivered today. Who else is finding the same thing?

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Apple moving through iPad, iPhone 4 waiting lists? Could sell 1,000,000 devices

By on July 22, 2010 at 10:20 AM.

Apple moving through iPad, iPhone 4 waiting lists? Could sell 1,000,000 devices

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One of our Apple sources has been communicating some internal Apple information to us, and from what we’ve been told, this weekend could be big. Currently, if you go to an Apple retail store and can’t find an iPad or iPhone 4, Apple will offer the ability to reserve one for you. These are “Priority Lists” and contain your name and information in addition to the specific device and configuration you want. These lists allow Apple to determine how to manage their channel inventory or possibly ramp up on production. Here’s the big news we’ve been told… Apple is apparently incredibly interested in clearing out these waiting lists, and if our tipster is correct, they’re aiming to do it by this weekend. We have been told that stores have lists that could be anywhere from 500 to 1500 or more customers waiting for iPhones, and anywhere from 250 to 750 customers waiting for iPads. Apparently all Apple stores have asked employees for an “all hands on deck” approach this weekend, somewhat similar to that of Apple product launch days. We have even been informed that Apple stores might open early on Sunday to accommodate extra traffic. Lastly, our source let us know that clearing out these lists could result in the sale of up to an additional 500,000 to 1,000,000 iOS devices in just a few short days.

Thanks, Lindsey S.!

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