It’s been extremely difficult to get hold of an iPhone 5 ever since launch. Supply line constraints have made Apple’s current flagship iPhone remarkably rare, with long shipping times and limited in-store supplies. However, with the holiday season (and it’s associated bacchanalia of buying) just around the corner, it looks like Apple may finally have enough of the iPhone 5 around.
According to Piper Jaffrey’s Gene Munster, the last 10 days have seen significant improvements in which stores have the iPhone 5 in stock. He said:
AT&T and Verizon have shown dramatic improvements in availability, while Sprint has maintained consistent availability. Last night, our checks indicated that Sprint phones were in stock at 92% of Apple Stores, AT&T was available at 82% of stores and Verizon at 72% of stores. Additionally, we note that wait times for online phone orders dropped to two weeks as of today.
Online shipping is currently sitting at around two weeks, and it took two months from launch to get that low. Hopefully this better availability will mean that everyone who wants the iPhone 5 can get it, and that the boost will be enough to see Apple stocks climb again.