Waiting times for iPhones ordered through Apple are shortening, as supply constraints that have affected the in-demand smartphone finally appear to be easing.
Apple’s site now pledges that new orders for the iPhone 5 will be despatched to would-be owners within two to three weeks. Previously – and for most of the two months or so since the handset has been on sale – the company has promised a wait time of three to four weeks.
Signs that the strain on stocks of the fifth-generation iPhone come after one of Apple’s key manufacturing partners Foxconn admitted it had experienced problems making the handset.
Terry Gou, who heads up Foxconn’s parent company HonHai, said the challenges of making the phone related to its design and that the issues resulted in shipments of iPhone 5 handsets being “far fewer” than Apple has asked for.
Gou said: "We still can't meet Apple's quality standards.
"Market demand is very strong, but we just can't really fulfil Apple's requests."
It’s not known exactly what is causing Foxconn to struggle to meet its targets. However, speculation suggests it may be due to the iPhone 5’s purportedly scratch-prone exterior.
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