If you’re hoping to stroll into an Apple Store tomorrow and grab any version of the new iPhones, you may be in for some disappointment.
In a statement, Apple said initial supplies of the iPhone 7 Plus and the jet black iPhone 7 are already gone.
“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,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in a statement to CNET.
Preorders of the new iPhones began September 9, and preordered devices will be available in stores starting tomorrow. The company had warned that demand would likely outstrip supply for many of the new iPhones when it said that it would not reveal first-weekend sales figures.
Putting additional pressure on the supply chain, the company is making the new smartphones available in 29 countries the first week, compared to 12 last year.
Earlier this week, markets got a small glimpse into demand for the new iPhones when several U.S. carriers issued statements.
“iPhone 7 is the biggest pre-order in T-Mobile’s history, and that says a lot about our momentum and the excitement customers have for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus!” said John Legere, T-Mobile president and CEO, in a statement.
The two largest carriers also weighed in, with AT&T saying that orders were higher (though it didn’t say by how much) and Verizon Wireless saying preorders were within typical range.
Investors seem to be feeling optimistic about the new iPhones. Apple’s stock had closed at $107.70 per share on Sept. 6, they day before its iPhone event. Yesterday, its stock had climbed to $111.77 by the close of trading.
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