iPhone 5s supply is steadily on the rise, and it’s almost at full force with 90% availability at Apple retail locations, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. In his latest bi-weekly survey of 60 Apple stores in the US, Munster found that availability of the iPhone 5s has risen to 90%. This means that of out of all the possible SKUs of the new device, 90% of them are available.
This is a huge improvement over 31% from just a few weeks ago, as well as 10% from early October. The 90% figure is just slightly below the iPhone 5’s availability during its launch period, where it saw around 95% availability during this time of the year last year. However, availability at carrier stores (most notably AT&T and Verizon) are better than where the iPhone 5 was at at this same time last year.
Currently, Apple’s online store lists a ship time of 3 to 5 business days for the iPhone 5s, compared to 2 to 3 week ship time that was in place earlier this month. The iPhone 5s is expected to finally meet demand at some point next month, which is along the same time period as the iPhone 5 last year.
The iPhone 5s was heavily-rumored to be in limited stock at launch, and the rumors were absolutely correct. The gold model of the new phone sold out within minutes online, while Apple Stores sold out of gold within the first few customers who waited in line. Carrier stores didn’t even have the gold model in stock, and white versions sold out quickly as well.
By the end of the launch day, very few models of the iPhone 5s were in stock, with mostly just the 16GB space gray version available. Ever since then, supply has been severely low, and it’s been difficult to get an iPhone 5s right away, with wait times staying at a steady 2 to 3 weeks before you could receive one after ordering. However, it looks like supply is finally at a good place right now, and eager customers should be able to pick up an iPhone 5s without much hassle.