"Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple's new iPhone 4," Apple said in a statement Wednesday. "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."
The company apologized to users that were turned away "or abandoned the process in frustration" and hopes that users "will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock."
It appears that problems weren't limited to AT&T and the US. SoftBank Mobile Corp. saw users lining up for several hours to attempt to reserve their phone and servers crashed in Tokyo too, according to the Associated Press.
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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile