iPhone 5S wait time shortens as production increases

iPhone 5S wait time shortens as production increases

The wait for a new iPhone 5S has shrunk from weeks to days since last month, thanks to increased production of the phone by Foxconn. Apple has asked Foxconn to shift production from the iPhone 5C to the iPhone 5S, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Delays getting the new phone were two to three weeks last month and are now three to five business days. Production lines at Foxconn's plants in Zhengzhou China are reportedly going at full tilt, round the clock. An unnamed executive at Hon Hai Precision Industry (which does business as Foxconn) claimed his company is turning out half a million iPhone 5Ss every day.

The iPhone 5S has been in short supply since its introduction in September, though the less expensive iPhone 5C, released at the same time, has been readily available. Since then Apple's ratcheted up availability of the phone in new countries worldwide, and the holidays are approaching. So Apple adjusting manufacturing to increase iPhone 5S production only makes sense.

Are you planning to get an iPhone 5S for the holidays? Which color do you want? Or are you already over the iPhone 5S and waiting for the next thing? Sound off in the comments.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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I've noticed they've had a lot more of the Gold colors and high capacity models as well at my local Apple Store. Right in time for the holidays I guess

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Ordered mine on 25th Nov. Got a mail today saying the expected delivery date is 9th Dec. So there's still quite a delay

Just got mine last week. In gold color. Best phone I've had. The experience is just unmatched! What an amazing device!

That's good news to hear that supply may be increasingly meeting demand.
Do you think these supply delays are a future trend for Apple devices? Will we see Apple coping by altering their mobile product announcement & availability schedule(s)?
Again - It's good to hear supply is headed up.

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I hear it was related to a shortage of fingerprint scanners (TouchID) in manufacturing. At least that's what Rene Ritchie proposed to me when I met him a couple of weeks ago. Could be a number of things but I doubt they're doing it just to create the illusion of demand. There's so much lost business, no?

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they've had delays for at least the last three phones released. 4s. 5. 5s. That's when i got mine the 4s and there were supply delays. I think it's not a "future trend" it's a current reality and the recent past reality. I think there are delays for some ipads too aren't there? There is no doubt that they struggle to make enough to meet the demands.

The 64GB always had the shortest wait time or are usually available. Since not everyone needs such a high capacity phone. I got the gold 64GB in stores in the first week of October.

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Apple should've never made the iPhone 5c, it's a great phone and all but it got in the way of the iPhone 5s as far as Production. If the iPhone 5c wasn't made I believe that apples launch date sales would've been higher because the availability if the 5s would have been higher as well and the apple ecosystem wouldn't have distracted by this new project apple was trying out. It's great to know that they've learned from this though, hopefully when the iPhone 6 comes out there will be a lot more ready to ship on the launch date.

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I couldnt agree more.... It seems that Apple havent learn something from the sales of iphone 5C and 5S.... Clearly people wants iphone 5S rather than 5C.... They should have seen this coming, and not waste any more time to manufacture any iphone5C.... I mean, they make gold iphone for the first time, and they couldnt keep up with the production because they're too busy with manufacturing iphone5C....seriously, i think Apple need a new head of retail store... One that can think of new marketing strategy...

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Wow, 500,000 iPhone 5s everyday. Isn't that a bit much? Also, I wonder if they're now manufacturing more gold than the others since it has been the most elusive color to get among the 3. Or maybe they'd still like to keep it that way to amp up its demand even more. Here in my country, I'm seeing the gold iPhone fetches for at least $ 100 more in the grey market than the other colors with the same storage capacity. Crazy, I know but I guess they're getting a lot of bites and it might stay like that for a while til the carriers here can provide a more stable supply.

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Same here in malaysia.... For gold iphone, the price is a bit marked up.... It is crazy though... But no one is gonna buy that marked up gold iphone... Because you could easily order one from Apple Malaysia Store... You'll get it in 5days....

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I walked in to a best buy mobile a week and a half after launch date and got my 32GB white Verizon 5s without having to wait in line for one second! Guess I was one of the lucky ones.

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Iphone 5s gold 64gb - unlocked sim free still shows 1-2weeks in the apple store online

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