US shipping times for the iPhone 5 have dropped to between 2 and 3 weeks at the online Apple store
, a check shows. Prior to today all models were only listed as shipping in 3 to 4 weeks. It should, however, still be easier to pick up an iPhone 5 through first- and third-party retail stores, which are regularly getting in new shipments.
The relatively modest improvement in online orders suggests that demand is still high and/or that Foxconn is still having trouble manufacturing the device. Foxconn's chairman, Terry Gou, recently admitted that assembling the device is difficult
, slowing down production. The phone requires different manufacturing processes than the iPhone 4 and 4S, thanks to elements like diamond-cut edges, a hybrid metal and plastic back, and an even thinner profile.