Simple Reason Why iPhone 5 Smartphones Are Sold Out in Stores

By Sidharth | Apple

The factory unlocked iPhone 5 smartphones are still not available in the US, and even the carrier-locked iPhone 5 devices are out of stock in India. So what’s the reason these phones are not available to everyone? Why are iPhones sold out in some stores?

Picture of iPhone 5 from Apple

Huge Demand & Less Supply

Foxconn, a chief manufacturer of Apple products, is not able to cope with the iPhone 5 demand, according to Reuters. Foxconn’s Chairman Terry Gou states that “it’s not easy to make the iPhones. We are falling short of meeting the huge demand.”

Despite the supply constraints, the billion dollar company is expected to sell at least 45 million units all over the world by the end of this year. This could be a record sales number, but can Apple really deliver them all?

To make sure the demand is met, Apple is already working towards improving iPhone 5 production capacity.

But why is the new iPhone 5 in such a huge demand?

One obvious reason is that Apple has already drilled into the smartphone industry so tightly that it gets harder to avoid their products. Despite what you may think, Apple isn’t trying to create demand for iPhones. They already have the demand for several reasons.

Think of the Apple iPhone 4/3GS users who were waiting for the new iPhone 5 last year. These owners were quickly disappointed with the launch of iPhone 4S, and they probably skipped iPhone 4S. Some of them thought it’d be better to hold out for the next iPhone.

If you remember, Apple iPhone 4S had a limited success.

Samsung was able to sell a record 30 million S3 smartphones within 150 days, easily beating the iPhone 4S figures. Even Apple’s iPhone 5 outsold the 4S — over 5 million units were pre-ordered in the US within 3 days, and that number is as high as iPhone 4S’ sold in its first month.

Many of us saw iPhone 4S as a minor upgrade to iPhone 4, and with the new iPhone 5, people couldn’t resist anymore. They wanted something, and the iPhone 5 had most of the new features they craved for: a 4-inch large screen, LTE support, and a new Apple chip for better performance.

Blame the number of units that were shipped to India, which is why iPhone 5 smartphones were sold out within 24 hours. Only 10000 to 15000 iPhone 5 smartphones reached the Indian stores, and many retail stores had less than 200 devices up for sale.

Even though some of us believe the iPhone 5 costs an arm and a leg outside US, there’s no denying that people are embracing the device with open arms.

Do you have an iPhone 5? Why you did purchase one? Let us know through your comments below.

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!

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Arush Wadhwa November 15, 2012

I love the new iPhone 5 ! Still trying to find one in the market… all Authorised Apple Stores are out of stock 🙁 Will it make any difference if I get it from some other retail chain like Spice Hotspot because they’ve promised me to arrange one till this Sunday ?

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    Sidharth November 15, 2012

    Hey, no problem at all. Last year Apple launched iPhone 4S in November. I purchased the same phone this year in January, but I purchased it from my uncle’s shop. What followed next was an unfortunate story. My iPhone’s speaker stopped working after 6 months.

    I visited the Apple service center, and told them about the problem. Without even asking for the bill (which is what I like about Apple’s service) they took my iPhone and replaced it with a new one. Arush, forget my case, just make sure you get iPhone’s bill as you are paying premium for the device. 🙂

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Srinivasan November 9, 2012

iPhone giving me confidence all the time and no doubt people identify me with it. I love iphones. I’m having an iPhone 3GS and planning to buy the new one soon.

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Man November 9, 2012

Never thought anyone would buy iPhone here in India. I wasted 60k by getting an imported iPhone 🙁

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    Sidharth November 9, 2012

    Err… waste of money! But now that you have purchased it, consider it as an investment. 🙂

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