Apple had a great week last week when it launched the iPhone 4 to much fanfare. [URL="http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jun/29/business/la-fi-iphone-sales-20100629"]1.7 million units[/URL] reportedly flew out the door in the first three days alone setting sales records. People [URL="http://www.pcworld.com/article/199761/hundreds_wait_in_line_as_iphone_4_goes_on_sale.html"]waited in long lines[/URL]; reportedly longer lines than for the iPad debut or the iPhone 3G last year, but the glow was only momentary.
The initial good sales news was quickly followed by [URL="http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/handheld/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225701876"]reports of supply issues[/URL], then came the [URL="http://www.pcworld.com/article/200206/apple_cant_wish_away_iphone_4_antenna_woes.html"]antenna news[/URL]--that you could get lousy reception if you didn't hold it correctly. Just the other day came rumors of a possible[URL="http://mashable.com/2010/06/29/verizon-iphone-january/"] Verizon iPhone[/URL] at the beginning of next year, which could mean some potential customers will hold off until then (assuming it's true, which isn't clear).
It got me thinking that when you look at all of these factors, could this eventually have an affect on sales after that initial burst last week?
[B]Waiting Leaves Time For Thinking Instead of Buying[/B]
One thing Apple should absolutely be aware of is that they need to strike while the market is hot. The company worked extremely hard to rev up demand, and people got very excited coming out [URL="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/wwdc10/index.html"]the Keynote address by Steve Jobs at WWDC[/URL] earlier this month. The fact they sold 1.5 million units on the first day illustrates this, but what about those who didn't get one, but wanted one, and are hearing all these negatives now? Will Apple come to regret the supply issues that gave people time to think about it? What ...