iPhone 5 Supply Is Catching Up
A report published by Fortune has brought about some positive news on the state of the Apple iPhone production line. The factory that produces the iPhone 5, recently the victim of various scandals that managed to halt production on several occasions, has seen its output increase back to normal levels. Demand and supply for the product appear to be balanced – for now.
What Exactly has Changed?
Waiting times for the device have changed considerably since the news the production was back to normal. Apple’s waiting time for customer who purchase the phone directly through their website is currently at 3 weeks. This is still not fantastic. However, those who purchase it through one of the carriers will expect to wait a maximum of 2 weeks. If you wish to receive your item quicker, you can always use the reserve and collect service at one of the Apple stores. Basically, purchase you iPhone one day, collect it the next.
Some analysts are taking a positive approach to the news of a shortage as it shows Apples commitment to quality. Obviously some customers will be raging that they have to wait so long for such an expensive piece of kit, but industry insiders are saying it will be worth it.
It is Predicted that Apple will sell more than 47 million units of the new iPhone 5 by the end of this quarter. This is higher than the previous estimate of 46 million.
It Might Still be a Good Idea to Wait.
Despite all of this, some websites are claiming that people should wait before purchasing a brand new iPhone 5. New design features are yet to be truly tested and, if the release of the iPhone 4 is anything to go by, you can expect there to be some kind of issue. When the previous model was first released the antenna was causing issues. Apple immediate reaction was to deny the obvious and then scramble to fix it. No major issues have yet been reported other than some users reporting light leaking in to the camera lens.
It has also been suggested that waiting until the product is available without a contract might be the best option for some. Contracts are useful for those who cannot afford to buy the product outright but can cost you more in the long run. Sim only contracts are increasing in popularity and offer the customer a similar number of minutes and texts.
Many are also questioning the iPhone 5`s revolutionary quality. Currently, if purchasing an iPhone contract you will be tied in for 24 months. By this time, an update version might be released, also the older models are still impressive. You can get the iPhone 4S, without paying a premium price for the model, and still receive all of the data benefits of the new iPhone 5 contract. The iPhone 4 is free on most contracts which makes it an even cheaper option; and with the specifications between all the phones not drastically different, is it really time to look at buying the new model?
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