The iPhone 5s is getting ready to go international, entering a crazy 51 more countries alongside the iPhone 5c by November 1st. The iPhone 5s has been tight in supply already, with the gold being almost impossible to find, with silver following not too far behind, but with these international launches coming up, supply of the 5s in every color and size is becoming harder to find. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has some more info on supplies, noting a significant decrease in supply recently:
Supply of the iPhone 5S has declined in the US from 27% of total SKU’s available two weeks ago to 6% over the past week, based on our checks of 60 Apple stores. Separately, the percent of stores that had at least one SKU declined from 90% two weeks ago to 40% over the past week.
It is believed that supply is a good sign though. It could show that demand in the U.S. is doing well and staying high, which is good for Apple, however the constrained supply may also signal that Apple is purposefully holding back supply in order to have enough to at least launch in other countries. The iPhone 5c has not been seeing that same demand, and that has been evident since the preorders began. Then again, the type of people that would buy the 5c are most likely not those that would know Apple did preorders for the device.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to international launch? Will you be picking one up when that happens? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.