Preorder concerns 'overblown'as survey shows strong demand for Apple's iPhone 5s & 5c

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    Apple catches up with iPhone 5s demand, achieves full availability at its stores



    Apple appears to have completely caught up with consumer demand for its flagship iPhone 5s, with a new survey of the company's retail stores finding all models completely in stock at all locations.

    The research team at investment firm Piper Jaffray has conducted bi-weekly polls of 60 U.S. Apple Stores. They found that as of last week, all models of the iPhone 5s were 100 percent in stock at all locations polled.

    That availability even includes unlocked iPhone 5s models, which can be purchased at full unsubsidized pricing starting at $649 for the 16-gigabyte entry-level capacity.

    Analyst Gene Munster said the survey shows that supply of the iPhone 5s has improved "dramatically" from just two weeks ago, when only 24 percent of Apple's retail stores were found to have all iPhone models in stock. In contrast, just 8 percent of Apple's stores had full iPhone availability at the start of October.

    "We believe Apple has caught up to demand, which we had expected ahead of the core holiday period," Munster wrote. "In reflecting on the supply for the 5S product launch overall, we believe that net-net Apple has done a better job in supplying stores with phones proportional to demand."





    Complete retail availability of the iPhone 5s comes as online shipping times have also improved to just one to three days for all models. Shipping times have expedited quickly, improving from three to five days just a few weeks ago.

    Since its launch in September, the iPhone 5s has faced supply constraints as Apple was reportedly affected by low yields of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Reports from Apple's supply chain suggested the company was having difficulty ramping up production to its usual levels.

    Supply of the iPhone 5s was said to be plentiful over the Black Friday holiday shopping weekend at both Apple's own retail stores, U.S. carrier partners AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, and resellers such as Best Buy and Walmart.

    Piper Jaffray has predicted that iPhone sales will grow 16 percent year over year in the current December quarter. Munster has also forecast that iPhone sales in the March 2014 quarter will grow 12 percent.





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    Jump For Joy: iPhone 5s Supply Has Finally Caught Up With Demand



    With holiday shopping season well underway, Apple has chosen a good (and likely not coincidental) time to finally catch up with U.S. demand for the iPhone 5s.

    Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said on Monday that his bi-weekly checks of 60 U.S. Apple retail stores found that the iPhone 5S hit 100% in-stock as of last Wednesday.

    This includes full availability of all color, capacity and carrier combinations for the device.

    “Supply has improved dramatically from 24% two weeks ago and 8% at the beginning of October (including unlocked phones),” Munster noted.

    “Online lead times have improved to 1-3 days ship time.”

    In early October, just 8 percent of stores polled were showing full iPhone availability. Two weeks ago, that figure had risen to 24 percent. Now, a healthy 100% of stores polled have plenty of iPhone 5s units to go around — representing an impressive improvement in only a handful of weeks.





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    Target Wishes You Merry Christmas With $5 iPhone 5c (And Other Deals)



    It may have recently fallen out with Beyoncé over her decision to debut her new album on iTunes rather than in brick-and-mortar stores, but Target isn’t above going down the Apple route to grab a pre-Christmas buck either.

    Customers searching for perfect last-minute holiday gift ideas can head to Target, which is offering deals on the iPhone 5c, 5s, and iPad Air between now and December 24.

    (N.B. The iPhone deals require users to take a two-year contract with Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint.)

    Here are the deals Target is offering:

    iPhone 5C 16GB – $30 plus a $30 Target Gift Card
    iPhone 5S 16GB – $179.99 plus a $25 Gift Card
    iPad Air – $470 plus $20 Gift Card
    iPad mini, first generation – $299 plus $30 Gift Card

    Target shoppers can even get an extra $25 in store credit toward the purchase of an iPhone if they trade in their old model smartphone in working condition.

    Just to put all that in context, it means that customers could pay as little as $5 for a 16GB iPhone 5c.





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