iPhone 4S still running out at most retailers, says analyst

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iPhone 4S still running out at most retailers, says analyst

The iPhone 4S is still hard to find at most retailers.

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Those of you still unable to get an iPhone 4S are in good company.

Almost a month after its debut, Apple ‘s new phone continues to run on low or empty at most retail outlets, according to a series of checks by Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore.

Contacting online and physical stores in the U.S. and abroad, Whitmore found that demand for the iPhone 4S is as heavy as ever. Wait times among online vendors, including Apple .com, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint, are averaging around 14 days in the U.S. and one to two weeks in other countries, according to the analyst.

Among the 30 Apple stores contacted, between 85 percent and 90 percent are running out of stock each day. New supplies of the phone do ship to Apple stores on a frequent, if not daily, basis. So employees are telling customers to make an appointment online between 9 p.m. and midnight to reserve one for the following day. This reservation process works on a first-come, first-served basis, so Whitmore advises potential buyers to start calling at 9 p.m. Reserving a phone this way also means little or no stock left for drop-in customers.

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iPhone 4S still running out at most retailers, says analyst

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