How long will the iPhone 5S shortage last?

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The launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C sure seems to be a rousing success, and iOS fans flocked in droves to pick up the latest Apple hardware. The only big problems of which we’ve been aware have concerned stock shortages, especially for the gold iPhone 5S. Right away, we saw ship times for online orders start sliding back, and even on the retail launch day, orders were already being postponed until October. We heard that Apple was rushing to increase production capacity in order to meet demand, but just when might that happen? A new report suggest that Apple won’t catch up until December.

This analyst assessment mirrors availability of the iPhone 5, where it similarly took Apple several months in order to balance demand with its production capabilities.

The good news here is that the iPhone 5S should be easily available in time for the holiday season, and even if Apple isn’t quite delivering as many handsets as its needs to in the interim, we fully expect to see availability drastically increase over the coming weeks, helping to mitigate the severity of the shortage.

Have these supply problems driven any of you away from the 5S model you had your heart set on, or are you committed to waiting it out?

Source: CNET

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!