Apple May Not Sufficiently Feed iPhone 5S Demand Come Friday
If you’re one of the many customers counting down the days until you can get your hands on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5S, be warned that you might have to fight for your prize. More reports circulated Tuesday that inventory of the highly anticipated new device is extremely low, and many U.S. carriers are already complaining of disappointing shipments.
The high-end iPhone will hit stores Friday, but that doesn’t mean all interested buyers will leave the store with their new toys. Many carriers don’t believe their inventory will sufficiently satisfy demand, and one store owner said to AllThingsD, “We will have grotesquely unavailable inventory.”
That will likely result in a lot of unhappy shoppers come Friday, and it is still unclear what is the source of the iPhone 5S inventory issue. Apple said in a note to consumers Tuesday that the company’s new phones will be available at its stores, carriers, and retailer partners by the end of the week, but those promises might not end up ringing true.
Luckily for those shoppers after the iPhone 5C, though, they won’t be facing the same problem. Apple offered up that low-cost smartphone for preorder, and now CNET reports that 70 percent to 80 percent of the company’s inventory is made up of the iPhone 5C. That might mean bad news for iPhone 5S buyers, but it reflects good news for those in the market for a 5C — and, apparently, the latter outnumbers the former.