It’s still pretty tough to get your hands on an iPhone 5 without either pre-ordering it from an Apple Store the night before or ordering it directly from Apple’s website (or your carrier). Apple first dealt with quality control issues, which resulted it in having to ask Foxconn to slow down production, and Foxconn itself has admitted that the iPhone 5 is one of the most difficult devices it has ever had to manufacture. The bottleneck is about to open up, according to one analyst.
“As we get closer to the holiday, we believe consumers will likely have the ability to walk into an Apple Store and walk out with an iPhone 5 within the next two weeks,” Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a note recently. His prediction is based off of checks with 100 Apple Stores in the United States, which he said he contacts nightly. As MacRumors points out, the shipping times on Apple’s own website seem to add credence to Munster’s report. Shipping times are now just 2 weeks for the iPhone 5, down from 3-4 weeks not too long ago.