There is at least a 7-in-10 chance that you can now find an iPhone 5 on store shelves, according to one analyst Wednesday. The once-elusive smartphone may soon be available for same-day purchase from Apple Stores, the Wall Street observer told investors. The report by Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster (I know, don’t start) follows news that iPhone 5 units ordered through Apple’s website have a two-week shipping delay, down from as much as three weeks. His comments echo those by fellow Apple watcher Shawn Wu of Sterne Agee, who described the wider availability of the iPhone 5 as “much improved”

“AT&T and Verizon have shown dramatic improvements in availability, while Sprint maintained consistent availability”, writes Munster (via Fortune).

We’ve noticed in past weeks that availability of the handset has improved at Apple’s retail outlets and on its online store, which now quotes a two-week shipping delay.

Munster and his team found the iPhone 5 for Sprint was available at 92 percent of Apple Stores. AT&T and Verizon versions of the new iPhone were the next most plentiful, at 82 percent and 72 percent respectively.

Piper Jaffray’s iPhone 5 availability chart

Just in time for the rush of holiday shoppers, Munster said he expects “within the next two weeks that customers will be able to purchase iPhone 5s at Apple Stores the next day”.

It appears Apple is confident about iPhone 5 inventory levels. Indeed, the Cupertino firm started airing two new iPhone 5 ads as we head into the holidays.!

Earlier this month, Wu told investors the problems with the iPhone 5 supply chain had moved from component makers to assemblers, such as Foxconn, whose chairman Terry Gou recently called the iPhone 5 “the most difficult device” his workers have had to assemble.

Apparently, even assemblers are having an easier time getting completed iPhone 5 units out the door. The increased availability of the device is of particular importance for Apple.

Analysts predict the iPhone maker could sell 46.5 million smartphones during the December quarter, a huge increase over September, when the company announced 26.9 million iPhones sold amid the supply-demand imbalance.

What are you seeing?

Is it easier to find an iPhone 5?

  • Don’t really care, it’s not that much different from the iPhone 4s. Why waste your money?

    • it has more screen space with a better color quality screen and is twice as fast in CPU and graphics and it has 4G LTE and faster wifi..

      I have it and it makes the 4S seem slow even though the 4s is not slow at I wont say you need the 5 but its definitely a big step up over the 4S

      • I’m totally agreed with you with the spec on paper. At the end of the day for people like myself with 4s model might as well wait for the 6 or 5s next year.

      • yup i just got the 5 cause i want the jailbreak on the 5 cause i fear that soon jailbreaking will not be possible / legal

    • @dongiuj

      I got the iphone 5. A big let down. All this “it’s twice as fast” bs. It’s not. Everything works the same speed as my wife’s and my friends 4S. To me there seems to be almost zero upgrades compared to the 4S. Just a longer screen. That’s why i told everyone i know to stay away from the 5.

  • The white atnt 16 gig models out very fast in stores… but all the black scratchy models are usually available every

  • Arush

    at least not in india no stock in the whole country
    only 16gb variants really pissed!!!!!

  • Well, only with contract…without contract will be available until march or january, in Florida, according to Apple Store.

  • @dongiuj

    And we need analysts to tell us this?

  • maurid

    Yeah, just look for the dude with hipster glasses.