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Will Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Be Able to Meet Demand for the iPhone 5?


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MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL The iPhone 5 from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) went on sale in 10 countries today, and Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster counted the number of people waiting at three stores in New York, Boston, and Minneapolis for the new smartphone. He estimated that the lines for the iPhone 5 increased 83% on average on a year-over-year basis compared to the lines of people for the iPhone 4S. Approximately 775 individuals waited for the new iPhone at the Fifth Avenue store in New York City, making the line 70% larger than the line for the iPhone 4S launch. Munster believes Apple will sell 6 million to 10 million iPhones during the launch weekend. For Apple's December quarter, Munster believes Apple can sell up to 49 million smartphones if Apple can produce them fast enough.

How are supplies holding up in face of the high demand?

According to Bloomberg, Barclays says Apple's supply may lag behind initial demand because of supply shortages of components such as in-cell screen displays. Apple has already pushed some deliveries for pre-orders to October due to a lack of supply. reported that Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) has released an internal memo, which appears to confirm the "3-4 weeks" shipping time on Apple's website for some iPhone 5 orders. The retailer had promised customers delivery of the smartphone by this weekend, but some customers will now have to wait up to 28 days from today for their iPhone 5. Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) earlier issued a similar internal memo to employees with instructions to inform customers that it cannot guarantee it will fill all pre-orders by today.

The New York Times reports Masayoshi Son, President of Softbank (TYO:9984), one of the two Japanese carriers offering the iPhone 5, said he was concerned that Apple does not have enough production capacity to meet demand. Several phone carriers have already run out of the iPhone 5. The Japanese carrier KIDDI, the other Japanese carrier selling the iPhone 5, said it had already run out of the smartphone. The Australian phone carrier Telstra (ASX:TLS) ran out of availability 18 hours after the phone went on sale. The Apple store in central Sydney was the first store to sell the iPhone 5, with an estimated 600 people lined up for it.
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