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600,000 pre-orders of iPhone 4, Apple says sorry for issues

Apple said on Wednesday that it had received over 600,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4.

Pre-orders for the new device began yesterday and quickly sold out by the end of the day for those in the U.S. Many customers were left frustrated and confused by a series of website failures throughout the day. Technology Blog Gizmodo reported that AT&T's ordering system also exposed customers private information, with some customers seeing other users credit card information and addresses.

Apple confirmed the "system malfunctions" in a press statement issued today and apologized to those who encountered difficulties. Apple's new iPhone 4 is scheduled to go on sale on June 24. The new device includes a front-facing camera with video chat, a 3-axis gyroscope and an improved 5MP camera that can capture HD video.

Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple's new iPhone 4. 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 apologize 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 - Apple

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