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Analyst: iPhone 5 supplies on the rise, Apple to sell 46.5 million iPhones this quarter

An analyst has said that checks with Apple's supply chain show improved iPhone 5 production

Despite worries that iPhone 5 production is struggling due to design and component issues, new reports suggest that Apple's latest smartphone's capacity is improving, and an analyst has predicted that Apple will sell 46.5 million phones in the December quarter.

Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu told investors in a note on Thursday that his checks with Apple's supply chain have shown that Apple has improved its iPhone 5 production capacity since its launch in September.

Wu predicts that, with the iPhone 5 supply problems on the mend, Apple will sell 46.5 million total iPhones in the December quarter. That's 19.6 million more iPhones than Apple sold in the September quarter.

Apple manufacturer Foxconn's CEO Terry Gou said this week that the company was finding it difficult to meet Apple's requests to supply more iPhones, because of design and production issues.

Apple sold more than five million iPhone 5s within the first three days of its launch in September. The overwhelming demand for the device is also likely to be contributing to Foxconn's struggles.

In October, it was reported that Apple could be looking to extend its manufacturing capabilities for the iPhone 5 by signing up another Foxconn factory.

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