Apple gradually catching up with iPhone 5 demand in US stores, analyst survey reveals
With supply chain performance improving, Apple seems to be catching up to the demand for the iPhone 5 with US carriers already as well. Apple Store checks in 100 locations by analyst Gene Munster and his team at Piper Jaffray showed that for the first time availability was above 20% for all major US carriers that have the iPhone in their portfolio, including Sprint.
The team has been consistently polling 100 Apple Stores for the last three weeks 30 minutes after 10pm, when the new iPhone 5 units are up for reservation, and the stores spanned 10 zip codes in total.
With 54 percent availability for the AT&T model in stock, 24 percent for the Verizon version, and 84 percent for Sprint now, things are much better in comparison with just last week, when Verizon and AT&T stock of the iPhone 5 was very low.
"We believe this is an important step for Apple as it appears they are finally gaining momentum in being able to keep up with demand for the iPhone 5. We believe that if AT&T and Verizon device availability follows the same trend as Sprint, it may only be 2-3 weeks before iPhone 5s are consistently available to customers," Munster clarified today.