September 14, 2012

AT&T just ran out of Sept. 21 stock for the iPhone 5. The delivery page has now pushed sales to “14-21 business days,” which equals almost three to five weeks. Verizon ran out of stock earlier today, but it is hard to determine if this shows demand per carrier since AT&T is such a big legacy iPhone carrier and Apple obviously gave it a lot more stock than others.

Both big carriers have downsides: AT&T will not run FaceTime unless you buy a Mobile Share plan, while Verizon will run FaceTime on all of its iPhones—but new customers must sign up for a Mobile Share plan (no matter what). In addition, the CDMA version of the iPhone, which Verizon and Sprint both carry, will not support simultaneous talk and data. Speaking of Sprint, it is still advertising ship dates of Sept. 21.

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Materials for the 16GB iPhone 5 cost an estimated $167.50, or approximately $35 more than the iPhone 4S bill, according to initial calculations by TechInsights.

UBM Electronics owns analyst firm TechInsights and the news website which first reported the story, EE Times. The preliminary data is based on specs released by Apple at its San Francisco event earlier this week and teardowns of older-version 16 GB iPhones. According to the results, Apple’s A6 processor is the priciest component part at $28.

The entry-level iPhone 5 is available for $199 on a new two-year contract, but the 16GB iPhone 4S, which boasts a $132 materials bill, now retails for $99.

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Apple’s stock is soaring to an all-time high as the tech giant starts accepting pre-orders for the new iPhone 5 this morning.

Check it out: NASDAQ — AAPL

The world’s most valuable company is only strengthening its title after showing off a new smartphone, line of iPods, and a variety of accessories earlier this week in San Francisco. AAPL shares previously hit an all-time high yesterday, when the stock pushed up 2 percent, or $13.32, to $683.11, in afternoon trading. The previous record of $680.44 occurred Sept. 7.

According to USA Today, shares for the company climbed 68 percent this year alone:

…Wall Street analysts are still extremely bullish. Of the 40 Wall Street analysts who cover the stock, 39 rate it either a “strong buy” or a “buy” and one just rates it a hold.

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We heard yesterday that Walmart would begin pre-orders in-store at 8 a.m. this morning (that might not be so true). We also heard the retailer would offer the device for about $10 less than Apple’s price at $189.97 on a two-year contract. Now we get a look at Walmart’s entire iPhone 5 launch plan, which, according to the internal documents sent to us above, includes a $4.99 VUDU movie credit, but it does not seem to agree with the launch schedule originally reported. It appears Walmart is waiting for a FedEx shipment of $25 voucher cards that will come in today and tomorrow.

Anecdotally, we were told by a reader, who went to a Walmart this morning to pre-order an iPhone, that he just got blank stares. Another said:

I just went by Walmart and asked them about the pre-order…they looked at me like i was crazy. Absolutely no clue what i was talking about

Those who want to pre-order through Walmart will have to purchase a $25 reservation card, but Walmart documentation noted the cards might not arrive at some locations until Sept. 15. The document also provided employees with instructions to inform customers that it cannot guarantee availability for pre-orders on Sept. 21, but it will hold the phone for 10 days after it is available. Walmart limits pre-orders to two per customer. It also confirmed in the document that it would sell the iPhone 4 for $0.97 on a two-year contract and the iPhone 4S for $89.97.
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