Lead times for the Apple iPhone SE continue to show strong demand for the phone

Lead times for the Apple iPhone SE continue to show strong demand for the phone
According to Apple's online store, lead times for the Apple iPhone SE have been holding steady at 2-to-3 weeks for the Verizon, AT&T and Chinese versions of the 4-inch handset. Much of the initial data had originally indicated tepid demand for the iPhone SE. But once the lead times widened, and the phone started to be hard to find on carriers' shelves, analysts started to consider the phone a success.

Three weeks after launch, the lead time for the iPhone SE in the U.S. and China equals the same 2-to-3 weeks that the Apple iPhone 5s  posted three weeks after its launch . The strongest demand based on lead time for an iPhone after three weeks was seen by the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Apple's first phablet was leaving the factory 3-to-4-weeks after an order was received. Being the first 5.5-inch iPhone surely helped ratchet up demand. After all, the smaller Apple iPhone 6 was shipping in just 7-to-10 days during the same time. The Apple iPhone 6s had a lead time of just 3 to 5 days after two weeks, while the Apple iPhone 6s Plus was at 2 to 3 weeks.

Apple is set to release its fiscal second quarter earnings this Tuesday after the market closes. Because the iPhone SE didn't go on sale until the last day of the quarter, the device will have a very minimal impact on Tuesday's report. It won't be until the Q3 fiscal report when the iPhone SE plays a big part in Apple's numbers for April through June.

We expect Apple to announce lower iPhone sales for the fiscal second quarter, making it the first time in the history of the device that it had lower sales on a year-over-year basis. The magic number is 61.2 million. If Apple reports that iPhone sales for the January-March quarter came in lower than that figure, the product will have had its first down year ever.


source: Forbes

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38 Comments

1. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

Meanwhile on Tidal, Beyonce dropped her new visual album ... Good for Apple though.

3. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

How is that good for Apple? Tidal is a direct rival for iTunes, it has a digital storefront. She has a vested interest in Tidal with her husband Jay-Z, why on earth would they help iTunes? ITunes is still the go to place for millions, if anything people will use the free Tidal plays and wait for iTunes to add it to their collection.

4. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

Missed the point bud. I was expressing how while Apple might have great sales with their SE, the rest of the world is too busy trying to get "Lemonade" without Tidal. Actually, I have no idea what the rest of the world is doing but there was... IS a lot of sarcasm in my post and the 2 topics have no connection with Apple Music or iTunes.

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Anyway good for Apple because Beyonce as well as Kanye makes shi.ty music

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Opinions are free.

46. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Yup, they suck big time. /s

19. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOL I had a re read and see what you're saying now. The good for Apple was not related, I was wondering how on earth are the two connected LOL!

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think everyone and especially you aikoo. This is just Apple propaganda to help prop up Apple sales for their tiny SE iPhone. Oh look everyone see our iPhone SE is great, see. It has to be because Apple and Forbes said so, right?

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I totally caught that lol. You even used punctuation to get your point across. Maybe Zylam is sleepy.

41. Chidoro44

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

'the rest of the world' You, sir, are a comedian

5. launernoon

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

I think you totally missed the point

2. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

It's BS. They're manipulating demand by constraining supply.

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And you know that because you work on high position in Apple

26. TheUnbiasedGuy

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

Believing long lead time is because of high demand might be wrong.don't you think a company like Apple has the capability to have as much inventories as they want.looks like a good business tactic to increase demand by faking lack of inventories.

35. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh, sure just like the high demand for their Apple watch. I remember all the delays an lead times for that watch. Yet this weekend Bestbuy dropped $200 off the Apple Watch. Apple a while ago permanently cut the price on the aluminum sport watch by $50. Apple never cuts prices if things move and sell well.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

nope, its because foxconn still busy making Mi5, and other android flagships

25. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Are you sure ? mi5 always has no stock

47. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Because it sells like hotcackes!

52. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Nah xiaomi is doing stock manipulation , has been doing so for years

20. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Make iphone se appear rare in reports to hype up the product. Old school marketing technique by de beers for diamonds.

14. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

my boss still using 5s , even he said its so stupid to buy same phone.

42. Chidoro44

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Nice anecdote

49. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

More like the hard truth!

21. ava51

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

SE’s usage seems to be growing at a slow and steady pace

22. mrochester

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Not surprised to see such strong demand. I love my SE. All the power in a decent sized device.

28. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

what power you talking about i had 5s iPhone 2 years ago no issues with power at all. now its more powerful, where do you see power? calls dialing faster and u can send message faster? :D its very same phone just new color, same sh.. display etc. u just paid to get what year model is it? my opinion person must be totally retarded to buy this thing, same display, same touch id, except cpu which was good already on 5s, if you buy phone to do benchmarks ok then its new phone, if calls, emails internet u are fu** dumb

43. Chidoro44

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Well, the se is selling for $50 less than an equivalent 5s. Quit your ragging out

23. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Time travel to 2013

27. Rocket

Posts: 654; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Where is the time machine? ; )

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Is it demand that kept them off the phone? Or was it actually because Apple had very limited quantities to begin with? After all, am sure it takes time for Apple to have the 5S remove it's internals to switch them over. If they are all of a sudden selling, who's buying?

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