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Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Retina iMac ship times improve in time for holidays

It appears Apple's supply chain is making significant progress in catching up with demand, as all non-128GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models now show ship-by times of three to five days, while 5K Retina iMacs are listed as ready to ship in one to two weeks.




A quick check with the Online Apple Store confirms 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus versions in all colors are available to ship in 3-5 business days. Interestingly, all 128GB variants are showing slower 7 to 10 day ship-by dates, suggesting a shortage of high-capacity memory modules.

Certain models are also available for in-store pickup at select Apple Store locations, though customers should check Apple's online storefront for current stock status.

A November stock check saw staggered ship times for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with the smaller 4.7-inch version pegged at 5 to 7 days, and 7 to 10 day estimates for the phablet.

Apple is showing steady progress toward reaching an iPhone 6 supply and demand equilibrium after falling woefully behind just hours after launch. The new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus was most affected by low supply yields, though analysis in November found sales of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 outpaced Apple's phablet three-to-one.

As for the new 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display, ship times now stand at 1 to 2 weeks, up from 3 to 5 weeks last month. After Apple took the wraps off its ultra high-resolution all-in-one in October, demand quickly outstripped supply and the computer has seen delayed shipping ever since.

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