While there are some retailers showing no stock for the iPhone 5S ahead of the rumored iPhone SE launch, Apple has plenty.
Apple is expected to unveil the new 4-inch iPhone SE at an event on March 21. Is the iPhone SE replacing the iPhone 5S or is Apple keeping the iPhone 5S in the official iPhone portfolio?
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9to5Mac spotted carriers and some retailers that have limited or no supply of the iPhone 5S. The Apple online store has though no issues of shipping you the aging iPhone 5S within 24 hours.
Analyst firm KGI Securities said in a research note last week that the iPhone SE is not going to replace the iPhone 5S. They predict that Apple cuts the iPhone 5S price by 50% and keeps it in the line-up as a bargain iPhone.
It would be a bad time for retailers to get iPhone 5S inventory from Apple at the current high price. This could be the reason why stock is dwindling at carriers and other Apple retail partners.
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The iPhone SE is rumored to offer the same performance as the iPhone 6S with the A9 CPU, M9 Chip, 12MP camera, Touch ID and NFC. The iPhone SE will offer an iPhone 6S experience in a small package with a 4-inch screen.