[Update: As of Monday, June 15th, Apple indicated that online orders would still be delivered on the 19th (Apple in store pickup is first-come first serve, even if you pre-ordered). AT&T has also reaffirmed that they are indeed sold out of pre-orders for delivery or in-store pickup.]
I’ve been meaning to go down to my local AT&T store all week to pre-order an iPhone 3GS. I was ready to go down there on Friday but for one reason or another held off, thinking I’d have more time today (Saturday). Well, I went down to pre-order this morning and to my dismay they told me that they will no longer guarantee one for the 19th. Apparently AT&T issued a company wide guidance that said pre-orders taken after Friday afternoon will be delivered “within the next 7 to 14 days.” He was clear to tell me that this also included ordering online from att.com. So getting an iPhone 3GS directly from AT&T is no longer an option if you want to take posession on the 19th.
I had read online with TUAW.com and Gizmodo.com that if I pre-ordered I could just go get it in the 19th and not have to take my chances, I’d have it “reserved.” Well, that reservation ended Friday. The only way I could get one now on the 19th was to wait in line and take my chances. They also told me that last year the people that got them on release day had camped out all night (not an option for me). I went home, slighly discouraged to see what I could do online.
Online pre-orders for Apple stores made it clear that reserving one via the web did not guarantee I’d get one, even if I went down to the Apple store saying that: “iPhones are sold on a first come first serve basis.” Now I am getting worried I’d have to wait… until I noticed that ordering online for delivery at home showed: “delivery on the 19th.” I was saved! I imediately went through the order process and sure enough, on my order confirmation it says “Delivers by June 19th.”
For those that are still hoping to get your iPhone on the 19th will likely find that their only option now is to order online from apple.com. So, what are you waiting for? The longer you wait the less chance you have of getting it on the 19th.