"Either way, surely even the most hardened fanboi will eventually get fed up of being either manipulated or simply forced to wait to order the phone of this year's dreams."
Or they'll, you know, try again later. Because they're normal.
Hands up who's tired of the Register's relentlessly bitter, self-defeating, reality-distorted and immensely boring coverage of every single iota of anything Apple related? For a company you profess (repeatedly, endlessly, in every preachy opinion piece and snarky comment) to dislike, you really are slavish in your attentions.
I don't know if you've noticed yet, but all the negative coverage you've been heaping on Apple for the last few years hasn't actually hurt Apple. They're doing fine and quite enjoying all the endless free publicity thanks very much. Meanwhile, I've no idea who the Register are anymore, or what point you serve.