GADGET DESIGNER Apple might not shift as many iPhone 5S handsets as analysts hoped this weekend, with reports claiming that the firm has limited stock of its latest flagship smartphone.
Allthingsd reportedly has heard from multiple mobile operators across the US that Apple is suffering from a shortage of iPhone 5S stock, which could be the reason the handset wasn't offered on pre-order with the iPhone 5C.
One mobile network told the publication, "We will have grotesquely unavailable inventory," while another bemoaned the "disappointing" volume of iPhone 5S shipments it received from Apple.
It's unclear why Apple doesn't have more iPhone 5S stock, and the firm has yet to comment on the report. We've contacted UK mobile networks to see if they are suffering similar shortages of iPhone 5S models, but have not received responses yet.
The shortage might not affect buyers much anyway, with one operator having told Allthingsd that demand for the flagship iPhone 5S has been "slightly less" than initially expected, with people instead choosing to order the cheaper iPhone 5C smartphone.
Apple has not disclosed how many iPhone 5C pre-orders it has seen since Friday, but Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimated that the firm will have seen about one million buyers reserving the device - a number that would have doubled if the iPhone 5S was also on offer.
Munster also said that the firm is likely to shift between "five or six million" iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C handsets over the launch weekend, although it's unclear whether the reported shortage of iPhone 5S models will constrain Apple's initial wave of sales.
If you want to buy an iPhone 5S on launch day, it sounds like you had better join a queue. µ
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