Apple has revealed on its UK iPhone 4 web site that the shipping date for the much-hyped device has now been pushed back to 2 July.
The announcement means that only those customers who managed to pre-order the device yesterday will receive it on the official 24 June launch date. Anyone pre-ordering from Apple from today will not receive the smartphone until 2 July.
O2, Orange, Three, T-Mobile and Vodafone have not taken any pre-orders for the phone, asking only that interested customers register their interest.
This appears to be a U-turn as it was previously believed that three of the vendors would accept pre-orders from 15 June.
An O2 spokesman said that the network might not offer pre-orders and that the operator will give full details as soon as possible. "We will release full price and tariff details before the launch date," he added.
V3.co.uk contacted Apple to ask whether the iPhone 4 had sold out, and whether there is any possibility that the launch date may be pushed back. The manufacturer had not responded at the time of writing.
Thousands of potential iPhone 4 customers in the US have reported difficulties registering for the handset after major outage problems on Apple's and AT&T's web sites.
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