Apple definitely had some struggles keeping the iPhone 5s in stock following the launch. While the 16GB space gray model was generally widely available in stores and across carriers, it was super hard to find models with additional storage and the sought-after gold version. Now, thanks to increased output by Foxconn, Apple’s shipping times have dropped and most models can easily be found.
As The Wall Street Journal notes, all models of the iPhone 5s now ship within three to five business days from Apple’s site. Additionally, a new report from Piper Jaffray suggests that 99 percent of the various SKUs for the iPhone 5s are available from AT&T and 98 percent of the models are available from Verizon, which means most consumers shouldn’t have a hard time finding the iPhone 5s of their choosing in wireless stores across the United States.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn was able to boost production by cutting output of the less popular iPhone 5c. In one location, Foxconn apparently had 100 production lines, each manned by 600 workers, for the iPhone 5s running full steam 24 hours a day, resulting in a record 500,000 iPhone 5s units manufactured each day. Talk about a team effort.
Now let’s see if Apple can get its iPad mini with Retina display supply to meet demand.