It was highly expected that Apple‘s latest smartphone would be launched simultaneously with other countries like India, barring any supply shortages. India eventually did secure a launch on November 2, as did Mexico, Greece, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Bulgaria, Croatia, Malta, and Romania.
But as luck would have it, there is indeed a shortage, and a global one at that — main supplier Foxconn just can’t churn them out fast enough. A Foxconn executive recently cited ‘assembly challenges’ but did not suggest that it was the reason for any delays. Demand for the iPhone has been phenomenal despite the onslaught of Android-based devices. The Apple Store Online still quotes 3-4 weeks for shipment of orders.
Apple sold over 5 million units of iPhone 5 in its first weekend of sales, the fastest-selling iPhone ever in the history of the tech giant.
Meanwhile, in Malaysia, according to a reliable source close to VERNONCHAN.COM, the local launch has already been pushed twice at the instruction of Apple. The latest update is that the launch will be some time ‘mid-December’. No definite date has been revealed, and again, there is always a likelihood of this being pushed even further depending on supply. Looking back at previous launches, do expect it to happen over a Friday though.
Stock in Singapore is low as well. I paid a visit to one of the city’s biggest premier resellers Epicenter today, and saw make-shift signs clearly displaying “iPhone 5 Sold Out” and “iPad mini Sold Out.”
Will the elusive iPhone 5 make it to Malaysian consumer hands by the holiday season? All we can really do is sit and wait (or buy a Samsung GALAXY Note 2 – troll). One thing’s for sure though, there seems to be plenty of pent-up demand.