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U.S. carriers: Apple iPhone 5s inventory will be low at launch

U.S. carriers: Apple iPhone 5s inventory will be low at launch
A couple of new developments have popped up just days before the launch of the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c. As we told you earlier, Apple is officially launching the pair at 3:01 am Eastern Daylight Time Friday morning. And sources for the major U.S. carriers are beginning to sound worried about low inventory levels for the Apple iPhone 5s. One source from a U.S. carrier said, "We will have grotesquely unavailable inventory."

Over the last few days, we have passed along a couple of stories indicating that low yields of a chip used for the fingerprint sensor and the low yields of a camera lens module could be holding back shipments of the full-featured iPhone to carriers. But another source from a different carrier says that the lower than expected supply of  iPhone 5s units will be met with lower than expected demand for the phone as many buyers have been turning to the mid-range, more colorful Apple iPhone 5c. The additional colors have become a problem for the carriers as each one tries to figure out which shades will be more popular.

If you have your heart set on the Apple iPhone 5s, keep in mind that the Gold and Silver versions sold out quickly in China where reservations for the unit started on Tuesday. Apple might have done many a favor by starting at 3am EDT Friday to accept orders, when the majority of those in the east will be fast asleep.

We will be minding the store as usual, so if you need some early morning/late night company as the calendar turns to Friday, come pay us a visit. We will have all of the latest news before, during and after the launch of the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c.

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 17 Sep 2013, 15:19 8

1. Legnaldo (Posts: 63; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Im not surprised. I have worked every iPhone launch since the first and inventory is always pretty low on launch day. In the past you could at least have customer preorders so apple would know how much inventory to send where. Now its gonna be free for all madness and I'll be the one customers are pissed at because I wont be able to produce the phone they want from thin air.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 15:43 10

5. designerfx (Posts: 76; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

this is the wrong reason.

Why do you think it's low on launch day? to generate news going "OMG IPHONE 5 SOLD OUT AGAIN! A BLOCKBUSTER!"

it's not an accident. it's also a reflection of all of the manufacturers' lack of faith in apple.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 16:00 1

11. stealthd (unregistered)

That's...what's the best way to put this...stupid. You think they intentionally sell less phones and make less money so they can brag about selling out? Do you not realize how little sense that makes?

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 16:11

16. criticism (Posts: 46; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)

They want to sell it for a year, not for a day! So finishing the inventory at the first hours would be a good ad for the whole year! This compromises for less sale in the first day!

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 16:00 1

12. greathero1 (Posts: 575; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)

How is it a reflection of manufacturers' lack of faith in Apple.......oh this should be an interesting reply.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 16:01 4

13. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

That's is the most ridiculous thing I've read.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 16:09 10

15. lyndon420 (Posts: 4952; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Try re-reading some of your past posts. Lots of fodder to laugh at :)

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 09:23

38. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

I agree that they do this on purpose to generate more hype and people tend to want things more that they can't have, if that makes sense. Nintendo did great with the original Wii using the same tactic. You get waiting lists and people that are then calling to see if shipments have arrived.

The number of iPhone units we received is extremely low and disappointing, it's really a joke that they'd even launch right now with such low quantities. We are not receiving more than 5k of any model and most at in the 2.5K range. We are also only getting 5 of the 19 sku's at launch. So most of the dealers around the country get 1-5 for launch day. Gonna be a lot of disappointed people standing in lines.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 15:29

2. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Looks like they see not everyone wants the iPhone5s because it looks the same as the previous model.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 15:40 12

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

Apple is just doing this to build up demand. It would be disastrous if they don’t sale out on day one. Or they would rather push people into a device that makes more profit for them (the iPhone 5c). Apple is trying to pull the wool over the sh**p eyes.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 15:44 2

6. designerfx (Posts: 76; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

exactly. if you only have 50 phones to sell and you sell out, amazing! 100% sold out!

if next year you make it 200 phones, you just quadrupled sales and quadrupled your market!

misleading analytics like that are BS and are the pride and joy of all that apple does, which they learned as they began to work closer and closer with Microsoft..

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 15:57 1

9. Ninetysix (Posts: 2621; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Will you have the same tone in your post when Google does the same limited quantity of the Nexus 5 at launch? You think it'll work out for them? You think it'll be disastrous if they don't "sale out" from the google play store on day one? Were you born on 1974?

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 16:19 1

17. criticism (Posts: 46; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)

Google did this to increase the refresh rate in Play Store! Because people was always checking it for possible new inventory! As you now, most Google's revenue is from ads!

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 16:30 5

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

Google has no reason to hold back product. Just look at the chromecast adapter. It was so popular they had to stop the Netflix promotion in less than a day. I did not receive mine for weeks because it was such a good deal. No different for the Nexus 4. It was a feature packed vanilla flagship that came in at a ridiculous price. Apple is just not willing to go that low in cost but they will go low to con people into thinking the product is selling like hotcakes.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 16:07

14. greathero1 (Posts: 575; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)

Why would it be disastrous? I thought Apple was falling hard and fast from the sky. If that is so, wouldn't they definitely bring as many phones to the marketplace as possible so that they can get credit for the sale to post to the books? Also, how are inventory issues translated into pushing somebody into a device they don't want? I guess Google is king of that since the Nexus dropped in Nov of last year and they didn't have adequate supply until mid February right? I had to wait 3 months to get my Nexus. Then HTC screwed me over to pull wool over my eyes since supply was scarce at launch and I had to wait an additional 3 weeks to get my hands on one in May. What is up with the conspiracy theories?

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 18:26

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

It's all in the mind set. If you hear that the iPhone is a hot seller people think different compared to stock not moving. Look at the iPad 4. Not one story about a sell out.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 15:40

4. bfuller2006 (Posts: 69; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

OMG I thought It was going to be different... (rolls eyes)

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 15:46 1

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Maybe it's just the Nexuser talking in me, but is anyone familiar with 2013 phones SERIOUSLY considering dropping large cash on these? Showed my $250 Nexus 4 to my die hard iPhoner buddy, "how smooth is scrolling in menus?" - flawless, "how smooth is scrolling and pinch-zooming in browser?" - flawless, "can you get messages and updates on notification/lockscreen?" - yes.

"I'm getting the Nexus 5"

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 15:56

8. criticism (Posts: 46; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)

old trick of surprising the ($h!!p) customers!

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 15:57

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

If Google had the guts they would announce Nexus 5 this Friday. That should help Apple with stock.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 17:31

22. tedkord (Posts: 13776; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Why would showing consumers a smartphone that's the equal of the iPhone but costs half as much help Apple stock?

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 16:53 1

20. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1037; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Huge advantage for Samsung here, and I bet they will indeed milk the hell out of it! :)

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 17:29 1

21. jphillips63 (Posts: 244; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

It's all in marketing. Supply and demand apple is very good at pulling low inventory off as always same for every launch they have. It looks good on paper to say the iPhone sold out in this amount of time than have the inventory just sitting.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 17:40 1

23. bucky (Posts: 3100; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

I don't think apple will have trouble breaking any records. You guys can troll and figure out crazy schemes and so on.

Also, every single article has 50 plus comments while almost all android articles have les than 20. Apple is doing something right I guess

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 18:25

24. Chakra (Posts: 135; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)

Take it for what it's worth, but I've mentioned this before. This is just a marketing tactic by Apple. A couple years back, when Apple claimed they were "sold out", I toured a distribution center that had pallets and upon pallets of iphones on the floor that was being prepped for shipment to customers. This was just one 250,000 square foot warehouse (of 4 in the complex) in Dallas. Back then I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement, but I no longer work for that company to screw them... LOL

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 18:49 3

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 24331; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

As long as one USA carrier, who's name begins with an "A" has a gold 64, silver 32, and a silver 16 I'm cool.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 18:54

27. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

The numbers are low because of the fingerprint sensor and the new 64-bit SoC. You know, the processor nobody else has done because ARM hasn't sent out the finalized plans to OEMs (I know it was formally announced in 2011, but no other OEM has gotten the stock ARM build plans).

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 19:45

28. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

You're still raving about the gimmick processor? Sweet Jesus give it a rest already.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 21:04 1

29. bigstrudel (Posts: 523; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Gimmick Processor?

iPhone 5S Apple A7 (Dual Core) 64 bit 1.3ghz

Geekbench 3: 1414 Single-Core, 2564 Multi-Core
Sunspider (lower is better): 416 ms
Mozilla Kraken (lower is better): 5904.9 ms
Google Octane: 5500
GL Benchmark T-Rex (Offscreen 1080p): 25FPS

LG G2 Snapdragon 800 (Quad Core) 2.3ghz

Geekbench 3: 739 Single-Core, 1983 Multi-Core
Sunspider (lower is better): 931 ms
Mozilla Kraken (lower is better): 10,066.9 ms
Google Octane: 2978
GL Benchmark T-Rex (Offscreen 1080p): 21FPS

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 21:09

30. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

The Snapdragon run this way on all Android phones or just the G2? Results vary or pretty much the same across many OEM skins?

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