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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are both seeing improved inventory availability at Apple's retail stores across the United States, according to a new report from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who has been tracking in-store availability of various models across 80 different stores since the devices' launch in September.

According to the report, checks of Apple's online store for in-store pickup at the location found that 56 percent of "core SKUs" (AT&T and Verizon) of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were in stock as of last Friday, December 12, which was "up from almost no inventory in mid-November." Munster's previous tracking saw 6 percent availability as of October 14 and 0.4 percent as of November 14.

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We believe that this tracking suggests that availability has improved, but we also note that we would have expected availability to be 100%. Previously, we believed that Apple would likely reach 100% availability by the end of the quarter. We now expect it to be closer to 80% by the end of the quarter.
Shipping estimates for online orders through Apple in the U.S. and other countries also began improving in late November and moved to 3-5 business days earlier this month. Munster noted, however, that "typically at this time in the cycle, we would expect online leads times to be same business day."

Looking back at the iPhone 5s, which was also considered constrained for quite some time after launch last year, Munster found in-store availability in the United States was essentially at 100 percent as of December 9, 2013, with online orders achieving "within 24 hours" balance just a day later.

With a little over a week until Christmas, it appears that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are continuing to face far more shortages than any of their predecessors have in the past, despite the boost in online and retail availability over the past month.

Article Link: Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Inventory Improving, but Still Tighter Than Last Year's iPhone 5s
 

MacDawg

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Walked into AT&T yesterday and they had the 6 and 6+ but only in 16GB
Went upstairs to the Apple Store and they had everything
Picked up an AT&T 64GB 6+ Gold for the wife with no problem
Easy in and out with zero wait
 

TallManNY

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Wow

The amount of Iphones being sold must be mind boggling. Because reports are that production levels are much higher for the 6 than they were for 5s. And this analysis is primarily U.S. based. There seems to be shortages all over the world as well.

And we are only a few months before the Great Apple Watch shortage. Well I don't know if that will happen. But I think there is a fairly good chance we are going to see long lines for launch day for the watch. Keep in mind that buying the watch will be more personal as you inspect the bands from an aesthetic sense. So buying will take much longer and many people will not want to order online sight unseen. It could get ugly if the lines stretch around the block, and each purchaser needs 10 minutes of fiddling around with bands and such before buying a watch (versus the process for buying a phone which folks usually know what they want as they walk into the store, certainly all the folks who wait on launch day, they know).
 

mattopotamus

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I just bought a 6 middle of last week and the only option they had was 16gb grey and silver. This was at apple.
 

Gizmotoy

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Not surprising. Or, at least, I'm not surprised. The first version after a major hardware/design revision is always in tighter supply than the next year's feature/spec bump release.
 

TallManNY

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Walked into AT&T yesterday and they had the 6 and 6+ but only in 16GB
Went upstairs to the Apple Store and they had everything
Picked up an AT&T 64GB 6+ Gold for the wife with no problem
Easy in and out with zero wait

Having full availability in the Apple Stores is barely a sign of availability. There are probably a 100 stores selling cell phones in the U.S. for every Apple Store. Those stores actually have customers and sell product, including lots of Apple phones. So it is a big deal that they still can't get inventory for one of the most expensive and highest margin phones around.
 

SimonTheSoundMa

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Not known any problems in the UK for a month or so, just walk in to any Apple Store or phone shop and can get whichever model, if not usually in the next day.

Mac Pro, can't get it an Apple Store, however Costco have them piled high.
 

MacDawg

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Having full availability in the Apple Stores is barely a sign of availability. There are probably a 100 stores selling cell phones in the U.S. for every Apple Store. Those stores actually have customers and sell product, including lots of Apple phones. So it is a big deal that they still can't get inventory for one of the most expensive and highest margin phones around.

All I did was comment on my experience yesterday
You are free to make it mean whatever you want
 

mattopotamus

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Having full availability in the Apple Stores is barely a sign of availability. There are probably a 100 stores selling cell phones in the U.S. for every Apple Store. Those stores actually have customers and sell product, including lots of Apple phones. So it is a big deal that they still can't get inventory for one of the most expensive and highest margin phones around.

True, but I have found carrier supply to be even tighter.
 

KdParker

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Looks like the bigger screen size was a huge hit.

Doubt that Apple will return to the smaller 4 inch screens with the new design.
 

Michael Goff

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64gb iPhone 6+ at Sprint:
Gold? 2-5 days
Silver? 2-5 days
Space Gray? 3-4 weeks

I wonder what color is popular.
 

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The main problem seems to be with the 128GB models. I've been checking my local Apple Store since launch and the website just says "unavailable" all the time. According to the retail staff they get so few in that they're gone within a few minutes. I wonder how many people are simply settling for the 16GB version because that's the only one they can get.
 

62tele

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Is the shortage due to increased demand, lower production units, both, something else, etc?

I seems to be demand. Apple has production at the highest level possible.

There was (is) a pent up demand for a larger iPhone. I think the runaway popularity of the larger iPhones is a good reason of why Samsung has seen their sales of premium phones plummet. The S5 and Note 4 are not exactly setting the world on fire. Windows phones are practically dead (and Blackberry is essentially DOA).
 

gnasher729

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The main problem seems to be with the 128GB models. I've been checking my local Apple Store since launch and the website just says "unavailable" all the time. According to the retail staff they get so few in that they're gone within a few minutes. I wonder how many people are simply settling for the 16GB version because that's the only one they can get.

The 128GB models used higher density memory that was said to cause problems. That may be the reason.

Many people just don't understand what's the difference between 16/64/128GB and why would you pay money for something you don't understand?
 

rollingaround

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I think online stock is doing better than what is listed. I ordered an unlocked 64 gb space gray 6 on the 6th of this Month with an expected delivery of somewhere between the 17th and 23rd and I got it on Friday the 12th.

All of the last two weeks I could not find an iPhone with these specs anywhere in Texas and looking online now at in-store availability every Apple store in Tx now has it. Let's hope those shipping times get down to 24hours sometime soon so everyone can get one in time for x-mas :)
 
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