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Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told his investment banking clients today that there were 20 stores across the nation were out of iPhones. So we at the GigaOM offices decided to call as many Apple stores as we could, from Hawaii to Chestnut Hill to San […]

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told his investment banking clients today that there were 20 stores across the nation were out of iPhones. So we at the GigaOM offices decided to call as many Apple stores as we could, from Hawaii to Chestnut Hill to San Francisco (all randomly selected), and the answer was the same: Sorry, we are out of iPhones.

Does this mean that there is a legitimate shortage or is a new iPhone in the offering? Piper’s Munster says a 3G version of the device for $400 is possible candidate. I wouldn’t be surprised by a new device, possibly a 3G version, being announced tomorrow.

It surely will draw attention away from the CTIA Show and all that handsets that are being launched in Las Vegas this week. It would be a Machiavellian move by Steve Jobs and Apple to shift attention away from the competitors. Stacey, who is at CTIA, tells us that touch screens are the new black when it comes to mobile handsets.

  1. Do you figure AT&T will charge more for the data plan once the handsets go 3G?

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  2. Weird. I just got shipping confirmation from the Apple website for two 8GB models purchased yesterday.

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  3. But wouldn’t a new model with a new 3G radio need to go through FCC approvals? Given the time that would take, seems like Apple would need inventory to meet current demand.

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  4. Apple usually announces new products on Tuesday. Given that April Fool’s falls on Tuesday this year AND that no one would be expecting something like this, wouldn’t it have made more sense for Apple to announce today rather than tomorrow? Talk about perfect timing! I doubt a 3G iPhone (in the current form factor) is going to be announced so soon. A better explanation for the delay: Apple is changing internal circuitry/ components to thwart the unlockers. It’s become so trivial now, you’ve gotta think that any carrier that Apple approaches for exclusive contracts is pointing to these hackers and asking what benefit they will accrue when unlocking & using on a different network is so easy. I predict a new firmware for the baseband that stops the unlocking cold & gives Apple the upper hand in their negotiations.

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  5. [...] but signs are pointing to a 3G iPhone in a matter of days.  After hearing word of iPhone shortages GigaOM called many Apple stores, randomly selected, and were told the same thing every time — “sorry, we are out of [...]

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  6. There have been rumors that a new 3G iPhone may use an OLED display

    I view this as unlikely, as there is no supplier today, that I am aware of which can manufacture the size of screen an iPhone would require, in volume at a price point that would acceptable

    As a point of reference, Sony manufactures approx 2000 11″ panels per month for sale in TV at a $2k price point

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  7. [...] an upcoming 3G iPhone was that twenty Apple stores are apparently out of stock of the handset.  Om Malik obviously has a decent long-distance signal package, considering his team decided to tryout out [...]

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  8. [...] an upcoming 3G iPhone was that twenty Apple stores are apparently out of stock of the handset.  Om Malik obviously has a decent long-distance shout package, considering his team decided to analysis out [...]

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  9. [...] an upcoming 3G iPhone was that twenty Apple stores are apparently out of stock of the handset.  Om Malik obviously has a decent long-distance shout package, considering his team decided to tryout out [...]

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  10. [...] an upcoming 3G iPhone was that twenty Apple stores are apparently out of stock of the handset.  Om Malik obviously has a decent long-distance shout package, considering his team decided to tryout out [...]

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