At a time of year when you probably don't expect to receive an iPhone 5 case within a week of ordering it online, the device itself is hot and ready to ship.
BGR reports that, for those living in the Asia/Pacific region – which includes Australia, New Zealand and some parts of Asia – some ship times have dropped to as little as two to four days. That's immensely quicker than the ship times Apple was quoting for the device only a short time ago; last week, the estimated ship time to the Asia/Pacific region was a full week.
Shipment times are improving mainly because supply is finally catching up with demand for the iPhone 5. According to 9to5Mac, that's evident in-store as well as online. Citing figures analyst Gene Munster gave on November 21, they write:
"in-store stock for the iPhone 5 has improved. At the time, the iPhone 5 was available in 92 percent of Apple Stores for Sprint, 82 percent for AT&T, and 72 percent for Verizon."
What this means is, for those of us who really had our hearts set on getting an iPhone 5 before Christmas, it's a pretty serious likelihood. So now's probably a good time to start looking for a new case, if that's your plan.
But as supply begins to meet demand in some markets, Apple won't be content to rest on its laurels. And you can bet they'll be opening up new markets for their latest, hottest device.
In fact, the company announced this week that they're prepping to launch the iPhone 5 in 50 new countries this month, with an eventual goal of reaching 100 countries by the end of the year.