The Christmas period is always Apple's busiest time when it comes to sales of their mobile devices. This year won't be any different with the iPhone 5S and the two new iPad models predicted to be best sellers over the festive period. However, sales of the iPhone 5S and iPad mini with Retina display could be limited somewhat by stock shortages.
Stock shortages have plagued the iPhone 5S since the smartphone launched back in September with the Gold model particularly affected. However, it doesn't look like the situation is going to improve in the run up to Christmas with Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reporting that Apple's iPhone 5S currently only makes up 5 per cent of Apple's total iPhone stock.
It's pretty clear that Apple's iPhone 5S accounts for far more than 5 per cent of total iPhone demand. Over the next couple of weeks stock is expected to be particularly scarce, although production could catch up somewhat early in December. However, those looking to buy an iPhone 5S for a loved one should pre-order now to ensure it's sitting under the tree on Christmas day.
Apple's new iPad mini with Retina display has suffered from production problems even before it's become available to buy. Apple are thought to have had problems producing enough Retina displays for the 7.9 inch tablet. That's led to the launch of the iPad mini being delayed to the end of November.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has now weighed in on the situation by stating that Apple are 'unclear' on whether they'll have enough stock of the tablet to meet demand. He also went on to add that iPad Mini supplies could be 'ridiculously tight' until 2014. So those planning to buy an iPad mini with Retina display for Christmas should place their order as soon as Apple open pre-orders.
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By Simon Thomas on 29th October, 2013