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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iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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36 Comments

1. Legnaldo

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

5. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 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.

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?

16. criticism

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 12, 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!

12. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

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

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

38. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

3. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

6. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 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..

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 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?

17. criticism

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 12, 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!

18. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

14. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 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?

25. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

4. bfuller2006

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

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

7. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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"

8. criticism

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

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

10. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

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

22. tedkord

Posts: 17076; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

20. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

21. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

23. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 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

24. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 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

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

27. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 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).

28. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

29. bigstrudel

Posts: 551; Member since: Aug 20, 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

30. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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?

31. bigstrudel

Posts: 551; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Small variations at most.

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