Ever since the release of the Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 5, there have been reports of the supply-demand ratio, with the latter being in excess of the former. In fact, Foxconn, who is responsible for manufacturing the model, has stated that the iPhone 5 is one of the most complex smartphones in recent years and a considerable amount of time has to be devoted to make one unit.
However on November 26, a consumer checked the shipping lead times for the iPhone 5 in twenty-one of the twenty-three countries, and he found that they had decreased from two weeks to one week. This indicated that the latest shipping date had stayed constant at December 3 for the past three weeks. The two other countries, Belgium and Thailand are expected to drop to one week soon.
In the in twenty-two of the twenty-three countries, there is a restriction of a two phone order limit. But the US does not come under this category. There is a reservation system being followed in Hong Kong and Japan although there are no shipping dates mentioned on the websites. The decrease in the lead shortening of the iPhone time is perfectly in sync with the fact about how major US carriers lead times had gone to immediate availability.
Even though Foxconn has expressed their opinions about the difficulties of producing so many iPhone 5’s, they have apparently mastered the process, which is why the gap between supply and demand is slowly being bridged. Apple might achieve a target of selling 50 million iPhones in the December quarter vs. 26.9 million in the September 2012 quarter and 37 million in the December quarter last year. The company wants to make iPhone 5 available in 100 countries with 240 carriers by the end of this year.