There’s an interesting problem with Apple inventory that’s paying dividends to iPhone 4 owners. According to a report from 9to5Mac, Apple is experiencing unusual shortages of its 16GB iPhone 4 replacement units. As a result, iPhone 4 owners who come in with phone problems and would ordinarily receive an iPhone 4 replacement are now being upgraded, at no extra cost, to the 16 GB iPhone 4S.
This iPhone 4S would be a refurbished white iPhone 4S 16GB. This situation will not affect all customers and Apple Stores, but it seems like many white iPhone 4 16GB owners seeking hardware replacements may get Siri, an A5 chip, and an eight megapixel camera out of their next Genius Bar appointment.
The report notes that this issue is only prevalent in US and Canadian Apple retail stores.