With the holidays upon us and Chinese plants working around the clock churning out Apple handsets (Foxbots should help automate assembly in the near future), no wonder analysts recently started seeing iPhone 5 inventory at Apple’s brick-and-mortar stores improving and at their highest level yet for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint customers. This week, availability of online orders on Apple’s web store also has improved as a result…

Recently, ordering an iPhone 5 via Apple’s US online store yielded a delivery estimate of 2-3 weeks.

This is from a week ago.

And this from yesterday.

As you can see, Apple now quotes a 2-week delivery estimate for the handset. This is valid for both the US and Canada web stores.

Note, however, that online orders remain limited to two per customer.

Of course, experienced shoppers who want the phone now can simply waltz inside their carrier’s retail outlet or one of the Apple stores in the hope of picking up an iPhone 5 right on the spot.

Another option is Apple’s online reservation system letting you place an order online between 10pm and 4am for in-store pickup the following day.

Though the iPhone 5 bottleneck appears no longer in the supply chain, Foxconn is still experiencing difficulties assembling the more complex product.

Its Chairman Terry Gou admitted in October that plants are “falling short of meeting the huge demand”. He previously described the iPhone as “the most difficult device” his workers have had to assemble.

But don’t open that champagne bottle yet.

As Apple launches the popular handset in the massive 1.33 billion people market of China this or next month and preps to unleash the next phase of the global roll-out, its supply chain could again face difficulties meeting high demand going into the holidays.

Don’t forget that Apple’s self-imposed promise entails launching the iPhone in a hundred countries on 240 carriers by year’s end.

Do you think that’s feasible?

  • watch on Black Friday itll be back to a month or so

  • you can also walk in the store and get one in 5 minutes..lol

  • oh and make sure you get white cuse the black one get scratched op really bad really fast

    • Oh my god… just zip it already

    • MagicDrumSticks

      And my note 2 will gobble your white phone uo

  • When we gonna get the factory unlocked iPhone 5 in us store

  • luckyarcher

    It’s been said a million times – an activated Verizon iphone is 100% unlocked. Just search ebay to get them for around USD 675 to 700 right now. Get the IMEI and check online if its activated, thats all there is to it.