The iPhone 5S is set to go on sale tomorrow September 20th beginning at 12:01am pacific online, and 8am local time at retail stores. If you’re interested in Apple’s latest device, you may have a tough time getting your hands on one. First off, Apple isn’t allowing pre-orders this year which hints that supply might not be the greatest. Now, sales have begun in the Asia-Pacific region, and as soon as online sales started in Australia and China, shipping times showed 7-10 days. At first, it seemed just the gold model was hard to come by, but it’s every variation, and in Hong Kong & Singapore shipping times are listed as October.
Earlier this week there were numerous claims that iPhone 5S inventory was severely constrained. According to AllThingsD, and unnamed carrier source said they will have “grotesquely unavailable inventory”, while another claimed they were disappointed by the shipments from Apple. BGR has posted that the 5S supply would be “severely constrained”, while 9to5Mac says three out of four units at Apple Stores will be Space Gray, 64GBs are in very low supply, and many more AT&T models, than Verizon. Taking all of these things together indicates that it will be tough to get an iPhone 5S on launch day, as Apple just doesn’t have the supply. Maybe that’s why they’re pushing the iPhone 5C with pre-orders, ads, and top billing on Apple’s site. It’s unclear why Apple is having such a tough time producing the 5S, but it could be a number of factors whether it’s the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, new A7 64-bit chip, or the new gold tone.
If you’re hoping to get an iPhone 5S tomorrow, we wish you good luck, because you’re going to need it.