Availability of Apple’s latest flagship phone could be about to get worse, with industry analysts suggesting that iPhone 5S stock shortages are to continue.
With no iPhone 5S pre-orders having been offered ahead of the phone’s official release last month, iPhone 5S stock shortages have plagued the iPhone 5C sibling since launch, with the gold hued iteration of the phone especially in short supply.
Now, despite reports of increased production rates, industry analysts have claimed that that iPhone 5S stock shortages will get worse before they improve, with demand set to far exceed supply in the run up to the lucrative Christmas shopping period and into the new year.
According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, iPhone 5S availability has reportedly dropped to less than five per cent of all iPhone models current with retailers, with stronger supplies of the colourful iPhone 5C and aging iPhone 4S not enough to satisfy consumer demands.
With the iPhone 5S accounting for 27 per cent of all iPhone stocks at launch, Munster has claimed that the Apple has failed to meet demand for the new model.
Although not offering a precise date for when he expects iPhone 5S stocks to be able to meet demand, Munster has claimed that Apple will not be able to produce enough handsets until December at the earliest.
With the online Apple store currently offering a “2-3 weeks” delivery time on all iPhone 5S models, Apple has suggested that its next-gen tablets could suffer from similar issues.
With the manufacturer not offering an iPad Air pre-orders ahead of the tablet’s upcoming November 1 release date, the recently unveiled iPad mini 2 with Retina display will not go on sale until “later in November,” with production issues blamed for the delays.
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