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Apple still can’t keep up with iPhone 5 demand

iPhone 5 Sales 2012

Apple (AAPL) launched the iPhone 5 about seven weeks ago and the sleek smartphone still isn’t easy to find on store shelves. The company sold more than 5 million new iPhones during the handset’s first weekend of availability and heavy demand has kept the phone in short supply. Shipping times quoted on Apple’s website for new orders remain at 3-4 weeks leading into the holiday shopping season, which could impact Apple’s December quarter. Why is it still so hard to buy an iPhone 5?

While we knew the iPhone 5 wasn’t easy for Apple’s manufacturing partner to build in the early days, Foxconn boss Terry Gou says his company is still having problems building enough iPhones to satisfy heavy global demand.

“It’s not easy to make the iPhones. We are falling short of meeting the huge demand,” Gou told Reuters on Wednesday. Rumors surfaced earlier that Apple had expanded iPhone 5 manufacturing to Foxconn subsidiary Foxconn International Holdings in order to increase supply, but Gou would not confirm the reports.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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