It Will Be Easy To Buy An iPhone 5 This Christmas

It Will Be Easy To Buy An iPhone 5 This Christmas

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is saying that Apple has basically solved their iPhone 5 supply issues in the United States, and that in a couple weeks, anyone who wants an iPhone will be able to just walk into a store and buy the one they want without any chance of leaving empty handed. Just in time for the holidays!

According to Munster, who made nightly checks of supplies at over 100 Apple Stores:

AT&T and Verizon have shown dramatic improvements in availability, while Sprint has maintained consistent availability. Last night, our checks indicated that Sprint phones were in stock at 92% of Apple Stores, AT&T was available at 82% of stores and Verizon at 72% of stores. Additionally, we note that wait times for online phone orders dropped to two weeks as of today.

Online, of course, is a different story altogether, with the iPhone 5 not slated to ship for two weeks after it has been ordered.

Although supply is looking good, I do have to wonder if the iPhone 5 supply will quite be as clear cut this Christmas as Munster believes. I found it very difficult to find an iPhone 4S before Christmas last year, for example. With the holidays come increased demand. I hope this turns out to be true, though: nothing’s more stressful than not being able to find the gift you want to buy for a loved one in stock before Christmas.

  • drumnast

    It will “be” easy – Headline needs correction…

  • maxwellbillings

    Where can I get those ornaments?

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