Yesterday, i got a message from Apple confirming that the iPhone 4 I reserved will be ready on Thursday:
But as Engadget’s Ross Miller is reporting, at least some of the people who ordered iPhones 4 for delivery rather than reserved them for pickup are getting e-mails saying they’ll arrive tomorrow.
Unless those e-mails are a massive mistake (seems unlikely!) the mail-order iPhones will be in consumers’ hands before the retail ones will.
In the past, waking up at 3am so you could be in line at 4am at an Apple Store that opened at 7am was an onerous but effective way to get an iPhone a few hours before those who stayed home and waited for Fedex to knock on the door. This time, however, there seems to be no benefit to the retail route–unless you need help transferring contacts and setting up e-mail. Which I don’t.
More on the iPhone 4 on Thursday–unless there’s a second mysterious wave of e-mails telling us to show up tomorrow.