iPhone 5S on the holiday wish list? Act fast.

iPhone 5S ship times shrink in advance of holiday shopping season. But can the supply keep up with demand?

Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at an event in San Francisco in this file photo.

As recently as October, Apple was dealing with apparent shortages in its stock of iPhone 5S handsets, with ship times hovering around 10 business days. 

But a search of the Apple online store reveals that lead time has now shrunk to 3 to 5 business days for all carriers and all models, including the gold version, which had been all but impossible to locate in some markets – a problem that was attributed variously to supply chain problems and a deliberate effort on the part of Apple to drum up interest in the device. 

Either way, iPhone 5S stock is replenished, and right in time for the holiday shopping blitz.

Released in late September, the iPhone 5S received positive marks from most critics, even if the device didn't exactly represent a massive sea change over the iPhone that came before. 

"Apple’s made a phone that’s going to last, that appears to be ready for whatever technical innovation the industry develops or crazy games we decide to play. But until those things come along, that preparedness can feel very much like Apple’s simply made minor changes," wrote David Pierce of the Verge. "Today, the 5S is but a minor improvement over the 5, with only the camera and perhaps Touch ID truly counting as purchase-worthy upgrades." 

The device enjoyed a strong opening weekend – 9 million iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C handsets sold across a range of markets. 

"This is our best iPhone launch yet... a new record for first weekend sales," Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said in a press release at the time. "The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible." 

In a report issued last week (hat tip to BGR), research firm TrendForce estimated that moving forward into fiscal Q4 of this year, the iPhone 5S would account for a much larger portion of overall iPhone sales than its 5C counterpart. 

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.
Real news can be honest, hopeful, credible, constructive.
What is the Monitor difference? Tackling the tough headlines – with humanity. Listening to sources – with respect. Seeing the story that others are missing by reporting what so often gets overlooked: the values that connect us. That’s Monitor reporting – news that changes how you see the world.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.

QR Code to iPhone 5S on the holiday wish list? Act fast.
Read this article in
QR Code to Subscription page
Start your subscription today