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Foxconn Chairman Admits to 'Falling Short' of iPhone 5 Demand

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  1. macrumors bot



    Reuters reports that Foxconn chairman Terry Gou has acknowledged that his company is struggling to keep up with demand for the iPhone 5, echoing an earlier report addressing the difficulty of assembling the phone to meet strict quality control standards.
    The Wall Street Journal has another report on Gou's comments, quoting him as saying that Foxconn is shipping "far fewer" iPhones than Apple has requested.
    Availability of the iPhone 5 remains tight some six weeks after the first round of launches, with Apple's online stores generally quoting 3-4 week shipping estimates and lines forming at some Apple retail stores on a daily basis as customers seek out available stock.

    Article Link: Foxconn Chairman Admits to 'Falling Short' of iPhone 5 Demand
  2. macrumors 6502

    I'm sure it wasn't a coincidence or anything that this happens with every iphone launch:rolleyes:
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Selling like hotcakes
  4. macrumors 68020


    Does the new facility in Brazil produce iPhones as well?
  5. macrumors 603


    Hopefully they pan this out for the holiday buying season. I need 3 on 12/5 :eek:
  6. macrumors newbie

    How about the iMacs????? who's making those and when can I order??

    Take my money now please :apple:
  7. macrumors regular

    I walked into ATT Friday morning and bought a Black 64 GB no problem, except for all the problems the ATT sales staff caused me.
  8. Kissaragi, Nov 7, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2012

    macrumors 68020


    Will this finally shut up the stupid conspiracy theorists that claim apple hold back supply deliberately?..... Probably not :(

    *edit*... it didn't...
  9. macrumors 68020

    The way Jony Ives designs phones so thinner and lighter, Apple will soon have to offer a "build it yourself" option. You pay $80.00 less and receive a box of parts and a link to online instructions.
  10. macrumors regular

    The entire situation is ridiculous. It's almost impossible to get an iPhone currently. And we are talking about 1,5 months after the launch.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Glassed Silver

    64GB mostly has no availability issues.
    We're mostly talking about the 16GB version here, 32GB to some extend.

    Glassed Silver:mac
  12. macrumors 6502

    It'll be called the iKEAPhone.
  13. macrumors 68030


    And yet you can always walk in and buy Samsung's any flagship phones... Actually the salespeople really want you to get one! Either Samsung has some crazy super factory or their products are selling much slower.
  14. macrumors G3

    It's the other way around. Apple is requesting "far more" iPhones that Foxconn is capable of shipping. This is why the factory workers and/or their supervisors allowed obviously damaged iPhones full of nicks and scuffs to slip past QC in order to meet the higher demand.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    I just bought one online as a gift, and although the website states a 3-4 week wait, my delivery estimate shows 4-5 weeks. If anyone's buying an iphone5 as a Christmas gift, I'd recommend ordering it now.
  16. macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    And in lieu of licensing the IKEA name, Apple will just use their billions of dollars in cash and purchase the whole company outright.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Joke or not, I don't think I would be against this.
  18. macrumors regular

    Those 3-4 weeks are no joke either. My brother's came in at the tail end of his 4 week mark, and I'm at the end of week 3 with no new information.
  19. macrumors 65816


    This. In most European countries I checked, there's a waiting time of 4-6 weeks. This long after launch! :eek: I remember this long after the 4 launch, you could easily walk into a store and chose the size and color and walk away with it.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    It's called spiffs... the salesperson can get $$ for selling/activating certain models. If salespeople are promoting Samsung, then it's likely Samsung is employing that push strategy heavily and/or the carriers are employing it to reduce overstock of Samsung devices.
  21. macrumors regular

    Apple can not meet demand for iPhones and Minis. Surely someone out there wanted a phone or tablet and bought the competitor's product because there was no ridicuous wait for it. one here one there add up to loss of sales.

    I think the problem is that Apple tries to meet timelines while at the same time as trying to keep things secret. secrecy causes production to start much closer to the timeline due date to reduce leaks. that plus possible production issues cause massive product delays.
  22. macrumors regular

    Just go onto apple.com right at 10pm and order an iphone 5 with in store pickup.
    It'll be waiting for you the next day.

    I just did that yesterday. Delivery was 4 to 6 weeks
    In store pick up less than 12 hours.

    You need to buy the phone between like 10pm and 10:02pm or the in store pick up option disappears b/c everyone already snapped up all the iphones.

    It's how apple is controlling the crazy demand and why you can't just walk into a store and buy one.

    They have them but you just need to reserve one at 10pm for in store pickup.
  23. macrumors 603


    The solution is to hire more slaves.
  24. macrumors 6502


    Problem Solved!!

    Foxconn Just needs to purchase one thing: The Easy Button.

    "That was easy!"

    :D :D :D :D
  25. macrumors 6502

    Why would it? It's not a conspiracy as much as a fact. Of course they hold back supply to create artificial demand. EVERY iPhone has had "supply issues," or so they call it. You'd think that if they really wanted to have enough, they'd make it so that there are enough made in advance.

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