iPhone Shortages To Last 2 To 4 Weeks
People still looking to get their hands on an iPhone 3G might have a long wait ahead. Analysts with Piper Jaffray & Co. are predicting that Apple’s widespread supply shortages of iPhone 3Gs will probably continue for the next two to four weeks.
“I bet we’ll see these problems for another two to four weeks,” said Gene Munster, analyst at Piper Jaffray & Co., referring to his estimate of the lead time necessary for Apple to increase orders from its suppliers and restock the depleted iPhone inventory. “Early demand has been more than they expected [because] they knocked it out of the park on the first weekend.”
They believe that, as Ezra Gottheil with Technology Business Research Inc. said, Apple has underestimated the initial demand for the device and that this is and the international launch are both contributing to shortages in the US and worldwide.
“There were outages last year, but not to this extent,” Munster said, comparing the current situation with the launch last June of the first-generation iPhone. “This is a more sustained outage, and the demand seems to be sustained.”
Meanwhile, eWeek has taken a count of Apple Stores with available stock ready for sale as of this morning around the US. You can check out their list at blogs.eWeek.com, or take a look for yourself at Apple’s availability checker before 9:00p.m local time.