Here’s Another Reason Why Apple’s iPhone 5S Is Hard to Find
Why is Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5S so hard to find in the United States this week? Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has been regularly checking the availability of Apple’s new iPhones ever since they were released on September 20 and may have an answer.
In a recent note to investors obtained by Apple Insider, Munster noted that the availability of the iPhone 5S over the past week has dropped to 6 percent based on his checks at 60 Apple Stores. Although Apple sold out of the iPhone 5S less than 48 hours after it was released, availability levels soon rose to 27 percent in the week following the launch weekend.
So what does the recent decline in iPhone 5S availability mean? Although it may simply point to a sign of increased demand, Munster believes that the limited iPhone 5S supply in the U.S. may actually be due to Apple’s preparations for additional international launches. As reported by Apple Insider, the new iPhones will be launched in 51 new markets between October 25 and November 1.