Foxconn Ramps Up iPhone 5S Production, Wait Time Drops

When Apple launched iPhone 5S, the company was still resolving the supply-chain problems of the new handset. From a long wait time of 2 to 3 weeks until last month, Apple is now shipping iPhone 5S within 3 to 5 business days now.


Immediately after the launch, many vendors were stocked out of the new smartphone. This was primarily because of throttles in Apple’s supply due to a number of factors. Reports now have it that Foxconn, the manufacturer of iPhone handsets, has ramped up the production volume of the new model.

Thanks to this increased volume, Apple is now shipping all versions of iPhone 5S within 3 to 5 business days. Quite expectedly, Apple has also asked Foxconn to trim down iPhone 5C production. The plastic brother of iPhone 5S, 5C has made good volumes in non-US markets but the demand doesn’t seem to be quite what Apple expected.

Hinting at the demand of iPhone 5S, a Foxconn executive reveals, “We have been churning out about 500,000 iPhone 5Ss everyday, the highest daily output ever.” He then hails the ramped up production capabilities of the company, “Although the market had concerns over demand for the new iPhone before its launch, our Zhengzhou site’s production capacity for iPhones has continued to grow over the past two years.”

We may see even shorter wait time during the winter holidays. The season of the shopping frenzy is here and we can expect a bump in iPhone 5S sales. The heightened production at Foxconn facilities will help Apple deliver the new orders timely.

Source: WSJ

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Salman Latif is a software engineer with a specific interest in social media, big data and real-world solutions using the two.Other than that, he is a bit of a gypsy. He also writes in his own blog. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter .

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