Jump For Joy: iPhone 5s Supply Has Finally Caught Up With Demand


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.

It’s a Christmas supply chain miracle!

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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