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U.S. carrier-branded Apple iPhone 5s lead time down to 1 to 3 business days

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U.S. carrier-branded Apple iPhone 5s lead time down to 1 to 3 business days
Apple is obviously getting good flow from its production pipeline. Lead time for the Apple iPhone 5s is now down to 1 to 3 business days. These are orders for carrier branded iPhone 5s models in the North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East regions. GSM flavored SIM-free models are still showing a lead time of about one to two weeks.

You might recall that the gold model was in short supply prior to the launch of the iPhone 5s. Things got worst once the phone was officially launched and estimates for shipping the device in any of its three colors quickly reached 7 to 10 business days within hours of the phone's release. Eventually, lead times reached as high as 2 to 3 weeks before dropping back.

Apple has pumped up production of the Apple iPhone 5s, including a 33% hike in the gold colored model and cut back on building the slower selling Apple iPhone 5c. This has enabled Apple to build up enough stock of its full-featured phone for the holiday shopping season. In addition to online sales of the device, Apple has been whipping its elves hard to make sure the brick and mortar Apple Stores have enough inventory of the Apple iPhone 5s in all colors and capacities.

Apple has told those who want to order an Apple iPhone 5s for Christmas that the order must be received by midnight, December 12th, for it to arrive in time for the holiday.

source: MacRumors via BGR

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posted on 07 Dec 2013, 00:30 1

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I wonder when there will be a similar metric for the iPad mini2? Not having stock on hand certainly had a negative impact on Apple's sales during the recent Thanksgiving weekend and Cyber Monday period.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 01:00 3

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 24908; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Roll em out apple.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 06:34 4

3. palmguy (Posts: 661; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)

Could it also be demand has slowed for the device?

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 06:56

4. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

That's always the case with Apple; sales drop sharply after release day/holidays. Samsung avoids this by just releasing new phones/tablets/colors every month to drum up interest. The only thing that keeps Apple in the news are rumors of their next iProducts which won't be released for another 9 to 10 months. And not to many people are excited about expensive Apple laptops/computers anymore.
I see Samsung definitely releasing the Samsung S5 early to capitalize on Apple stubbornness/predictable release cycle.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 08:40

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Sammy does indeed have a window of opportunity for an early release of the GS5. The rumors about the GS5 have certainly gotten off to an early start.

I hope the GS5 comes with OIS.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 16:17

7. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

You would love for a story like that to be published, wouldn't you?

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 08:13

5. superfans (Posts: 155; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)

Still too expensive in the country outside us. Time is the the only things that should be lower down.

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