Apple's new iPhone sold out less than an hour after pre-orders became available.
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When Apple announced a new version of the iPhone 5 earlier this week, with specs like a 4 inch, 1136x640 resolution retina display, 4G LTE support, the thinnest and lightest iPhone design ever, and earbuds that "don't suck," it was obvious that there would be a high demand for the product. The demand exceeded expectations, however, as, within an hour of pre-orders becoming available at 12:01 Pacific Time this morning, the device was already "sold out," meaning that any new pre-orders placed will not ship until a week after the September 21 release date for the device. Customers can still go to Apple stores on September 21 to stand in line to try and get their hands on one of the coveted devices.
In response to the sellout, many Android fans claimed that Apple purposely limited the initial press run of the iPhone in order to create artificial demand and excitement. In addition, many users of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S complained that the rebooted iPhone 5 ruins years of iPhone continuity, and vowed to boycott the product unless the history of their favorite apps was reconciled properly with past versions. Some fans are even saying that the reboot is little more than a temporary marketing ploy, and that once sales drop on the iPhone 5, Apple will return to selling iPhone 4S next year.
Fans who missed out on pre-orders of the device can look forward to picking up a second printing iPhone 5 with a variant cover by Rob Liefeld. The Liefeld variant will feature a microphone and earpiece that are anatomically impossible to use, making the device useless as a phone. In response to criticism about the cover, Liefeld called anyone who ever designed an iPhone in the past a rank amateur and then called Tom Brevoort fat for good measure on Twitter.