Online Orders for Apple's iPhone 5S To Begin 12:01 AM Pacific, 3:01 AM Eastern Sept. 20
Although it isn’t available for pre-order, the iPhone 5S will hit Apple’s online store at 12:01 AM Pacific, 3:01 AM Eastern next Friday, September 20. Apple retail stores will begin selling the device when they open at 8:00 AM local time. The Cupertino California company announced more details on the availability of the iPhone 5S in an email sent out to customers this morning. Customers who are hoping to get the iPhone 5S on launch day will need to line up at an Apple Store or one of the company’s carrier partners.
This is all different from the iPhone 5C as Apple and its carriers previously started taking pre-orders for the multi-colored handset. Those who ordered the iPhone 5C can have it delivered to their home on launch day next Friday.
The lack of pre-order availability for the iPhone 5S has led to speculation that inventory could be severely constrained for the upcoming launch weekend. In previous years, users were able to pre-order Apple’s latest flagship iPhone ahead of time and available inventory sold out in a matter of minutes. Even well connected analysts such as Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities revealed that the iPhone 5C would out-ship the iPhone 5S in the current quarter. According to him, the iPhone 5S has faced apparent production issues associated with the new Touch ID fingerprint scanner located under the home button.
As of right now, Apple is reportedly on track to ship 8.4 million iPhone 5C units in the September quarter but just 5.2 million iPhone 5S units. As production ramps up, Kuo expects Apple to grow iPhone 5S shipments to 28 million units in the holiday 2013 quarter, while the iPhone 5C will reach 18.7 million units during that three-month frame.
Will you be getting an iPhone 5S? If so, how will you go about getting your hands on one?