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Apple admits iPhone 3GS supply problems

Apple can't make enough iPhones for any market

Apple sold seven times as many iPhones last quarter as the same period last year. But it's certainly not all good news, as Apple once again has iPhone supply issues.

In one of several revelations from Apple's conference call with analysts yesterday, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said demand for the coveted smartphone "has been staggering in almost every country we've shipped in".

That sounds more like gloating than an admission of guilt, but Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer struck a more somber tone, saying supplies are "currently constrained in virtually every country we're shipping in... and we're working very hard to fulfill that demand."

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They'd better. Apple plans to introduce the Apple iPhone to 20 more countries on August 22, offering the smartphone to over 40 countries total. Later this year, Apple wants to boost that number to over 70 countries. Cook said a recent increase in production will keep those rollouts on schedule.

Apple handled demand for the Apple iPhone 3GS better than it did last year with the  iPhone 3G.

In the past, iPhone supply shortages have also signaled that Apple is readying a new device, as was the case with the iPhone 3G. These supply shortages are likely post-launch troubles.


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