Online Apple Stores Sold Out of iPhones

Shortage could spur early release of 3G model, analysts say
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 8:11 PM CDT
In this Jan. 15, 2008 file photo, MacWorld attendee Wil Gieseler talks on his Apple iPhone in front of a iPhone poster at the MacWorld Conference in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
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(Newser) – Apple’s online stores in the US and UK are sold out of iPhones, Bloomberg reports. The shortage is stoking analysts' predictions that a new handset will be released a month earlier than expected, after Apple's developer conference in June. The new phones are said to boast faster download speeds, thanks to access to 3G data networks.

"The channels are running dry,'' said one industry analyst. "The limited availability is one of several indications that the release of a new model is imminent.''