Sources have confirmed to TechRadar that the iPhone 5S release day could be disappointing for many.
We'd already heard word that the iPhone 5S was going to be in short supply when released tomorrow, but a source within the supply chain has now confirmed to TechRadar that the UK will almost definitely suffer the same fate.
We've also been sent a document from a reader that apparently shows EE has an internal list of stores that have 50 or more of the flagship iPhone 5S, with the likes of London, Manchester and Birmingham the best stocked.
The fact that a network would be plumping up stocks in its biggest stores isn't a surprise – but the fact that so few (only around 80) will have a decent whack of iPhones to go around confirms this.
Are you sure?
We spoke to our source about stock levels, and they stated that they were 'surprised' that so few iPhone 5S units were going to be available, and while there would be plenty of the iPhone 5C devices to go around, the demand for these hadn't been as strong.
However, before this gets labelled as a real failure on Apple's part, the company does have form in this area, with most iPhone launches inevitably seeing the same 'stock levels low' story being touted around in the days after release. Let's face it, nothing stimulates demand like the notion a consumer could miss out.
And should the demand be too high for stock fulfilment (which seemed inevitable when Apple declined to make the iPhone 5S available for pre-order) then we can't help but think some will be attracted by the cheaper and available iPhone 5C.
Want to know whether you should even bother buying one? Check out the web's most in-depth iPhone 5S review, or see the same thing in a plastic case (and some other changes…) in our iPhone 5C review too.