Kudo's on your excellent and well written post.....I just did a few speculation calculations for some fun:
Consider each Apple store gets on AVERAGE 300 iPhone units and there are approximately 175 Apple stores. 300*175=52,500 units total for Apple stores
Say the 1,800 corporate ATT stores get 200 each on average. 200*1,800=360,000
52,500+360,000=412,500 total units.
I don't know whether these numbers are relevant but just for the sake of it, consider these numbers to be true. Personally I believe Apple wants to sell as many possible units on opening day which is why I estimated store averages so high. The total for all 1,800 ATT stores and approx. 175 Apple stores is 412,500 units available day one, probably an overestimate but given the strong demand and interest, is still quite a bit short of what will be needed. This could either be good or bad as Apple may be desperately under supplied or totally accurate with its first day sales projections. Predictions of 20 per store equal a total of only 39,500 units....why would Apple be prepared with only 39,500 units on the launch day of ots most anticipated product launch ever? Just something to think about...
I will respond based on my 10 years as a loyal Apple customer frequently buying new products. I have had more than 10 new PowerBooks and now 2 new MacBook Pros. Around 6 iPods, 2 desktops, and various Mac accessories.
Typically the biggest problem or mistake that Apple makes is to build the hype up to unmanageable proportions. Then they fail to have enough units ready to satisfy the demand. Usually they are able to fill at least 10% of the demand. This is very shortsighted and the reason they have such a very low market share on the computer side.
Example: I have a very reliable source "within Apple" someone I've known for nearly 20 years. He is very high up in the company and shares that they are attempting to have between 20 and 40 phones available per store. Some will only get 10, some will get none (smaller stores) and some may get the full 40.
Now this is the very reason that some people on this board are critical and dislike my posts. They simply fail to see that I'm sharing my experience with Apple.
l have stated repeatedly that I am a very loyal Apple customer that loves their products.
I am in no way bashing Apple, simply sharing. It's what a forum like this is for. You are not always going to hear what you like or what you want.
From my posts you will get the truth presented in a fair and unbiased, neutral position. If I did not like Apple I would not be wasting my time posting here.
So it is what it is........
I too hope that perhaps this time they do a better job. Only time will tell.