With holiday shopping season well underway, Apple has chosen a good (and likely not coincidental) time to finally catch up with U.S. demand for the iPhone 5s.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said on Monday that his bi-weekly checks of 60 U.S. Apple retail stores found that the iPhone 5S hit 100% in-stock as of last Wednesday.
This includes full availability of all color, capacity and carrier combinations for the device.
“Supply has improved dramatically from 24% two weeks ago and 8% at the beginning of October (including unlocked phones),” Munster noted.
“Online lead times have improved to 1-3 days ship time.”
In early October, just 8 percent of stores polled were showing full iPhone availability. Two weeks ago, that figure had risen to 24 percent. Now, a healthy 100% of stores polled have plenty of iPhone 5s units to go around — representing an impressive improvement in only a handful of weeks.
Christmas supply chain miracle!