98 Per Cent of US Apple Stores Are Without Apple TV

Despite the sheer size of the US and its plethora of Apple stores, apparently the demand for Apple TV devices were so high - that even the company's retailers were unable to cater to the masses.

The popularity of the Apple TV has continued to spread throughout the world, and whilst it might be considered a hugely successful aspect to the Cupertino giant's reputation, it's also a bit of a setback. With consumers flocking to be the next owner of the Apple TV, shortages have affected a number of outlets that include Apple's own retail stores.

However, according to reports by MacRumors a part number for a product, with the code name of "J33", is known to be the next-generation Apple TV. So, an update could certainly be on the cards.

In the run up to the highly anticipated release of the iPad 3 and the next-gen Apple TV, several stores have seen their stock levels drop significantly - which can only be a good thing.

To date, the most recent count has seen 98 per cent of Apple's 246 U.S. stores currently out of stock, leaving only four with the Apple TV available for immediate pickup: Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo (California), the San Francisco flagship (San Francisco, California), SoHo (New York, New York) and South Hills Village (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).