The iPhone SE was a tad bit controversial when it was launched earlier this year. While the device's internals boast the best of what Apple has to offer, the smartphone's years-old design attracted its fair share of critics, most of whom pointed out the lack of effort the Cupertino-based giant gave in designing its latest device.

Couple that with a screen that is as old as the phone's design, and the iPhone SE seemed to be emerging as this generation's iPhone 5C--a novel experiment that is destined to fail.

As it turns out, however, the iPhone SE would eventually turn out to be a hit, after all. While there were never any lines of dedicated Apple fans waiting outside stores during its launch, the iPhone SE has been recorded to be constantly running out of stock in numerous stores across the world.

In fact, customers interested in some color and memory variants of the iPhone SE, such as the 16GB Space Gray model, would need to wait about two weeks or more in order to finally get their device. Among the United States' most prominent Apple Stores, the last stocks of the 16GB Space Gray model are available only in Manhattan, at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue Store.

With its supply nowhere short of meeting demand, the current status of the iPhone SE is quite interesting for Apple. On the one hand, it seems like an oversight from CEO Tim Cook, who has previously build a reputation for having a very good instinct when it comes to logistics and operations.

On the other hand, the massive discrepancy between the availability of the device and the demand appears to be a huge win for Apple. After all, the iPhone SE was a pretty big bet for the tech giant. With a pretty outdated design, the iPhone SE was designed to attract consumers who prefer smartphones with a smaller form factor. In short, Apple users who have stubbornly refused to let go of their aging iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C and 5S.

If any, it appears that Apple has managed to achieve an unlikely victory with the iPhone SE. Against all odds, this updated phone with an outdated frame seems to have hit the sweet for a good number of smartphone users.