Lengthy Shipping Schedule For iPhone 5 Supply Improving

According to research firm BTIG, iPhone 5 production is finally catching up with consumer demand in the United States.

Wireless providers offering Apple's latest smartphone now showcase a ship-by date that is around one week away. The Apple shipping schedule, meanwhile, remains at 3 to 4 weeks, BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk noted.

However, Piecyk stated that the move could be a strategic one from Apple in order to get more consumers to visit their successful brick-and-mortar stores.

"Apple might be trying to induce their customers to reserve a phone for next day pick up at one of their retail stores in the hopes of capturing additional sales," he said. "The reservation policy is the same for the iPad mini, but we have been able to find iPad mini inventory increasingly available in the handful of stores that we called."

Piecyk added that it's too soon to exactly know whether the shortened shipping time means consumers are becoming less interested in buying the device or if Apple simply increased its production.

Either way, the iPhone 5's production delays is said to have negatively affected Apple's financial results. Its manufacturing supplier, Foxconn, admitted that the smartphone is the the most difficult device it's ever produced, as well as saying they can't keep up with production demand.

 

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  • pckitty4427
    Oh Zak...
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  • mailpranshu
    No offense. But Zak Islam just reports the news.

    Its common sense that reporters have different beats. His is Apple. So why is everyone trolling on him?

    I feel his articles are precise and too the point. Just because trolling on Apple is the norm at the moment DOES NOT MEAN you can troll on people just doing their jobs.

    Leave him alone. Its obvious that the next person reporting on Apple will be trolled also.

    I am not a apple fan or own anything related to apple btw.
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  • ddpruitt
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    whether the shortened shipping time means consumers are becoming less interested in buying the device or if Apple simply increased its production.


    Most intelligent thing I've heard in weeks (regardless of topic). I'm curious to see what the number produced and number sold figures are, I'm sure will never get accurate numbers though.
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