Apple fans ordered the new iPhone 4 in their droves yesterday – but system malfunctions left many more frustrated.
Apple has issued an apology for the downtime.
"Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600 000 of Apple’s new iPhone 4," the cmpany said in an official staetment.
"It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions.
"Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration.
"We apologise to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock."