When Apple announced the new iPhone 3G S last week, some were surprised it was going on sale so soon–this Friday, in fact. And in a great indicator of the phone’s potential success, AT&T has sold-out of pre-order units.
If you’re keen to get hold of a new iPhone, however, there’s no need to worry–units are also on sale at Apple stores, Wal-mart and Best Buy. I’d expect to have to queue-up, though, if the AT&T sell-out is anything to go by.
There’s also some good news for habitual app-buyers: The rumor suggesting that you may have to pay to re-download apps over the 3G network is untrue. According to AppAdvice, it was actually a bug, and the alert message has been removed from the release candidate firmware. Whether or not it was actually a bug is open for debate, and it may just be that Apple changed its stance.
This all makes sense, if you think about the massive amount of technical jiggery-pokery Apple has to get working behind the scenes so that this week goes smoothly. Presumably it’s trying to avoid a repeat of the original iPhone activation server crash problems.