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

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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    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
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  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1570 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x



5. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

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

3. palmguy

Posts: 991; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Could it also be demand has slowed for the device?

4. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

7. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

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

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31812; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Roll em out apple.

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

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