Apple Stores With ZERO iPhone 5S in Gold or Silver, Carriers Same Story
We arrived at the International Mall Apple store here in Tampa, FL at 11pm tonight, to be 31st in line.
A little after midnight, the Apple store manager addressed the line saying they have ZERO gold or silver iPhones in stock. He stated they have plenty of space grey 5S', and all 5C models in stock. No reasons were given for the shortage, although he did say they get shipments in daily and hope to have gold and silver in stock soon.
Rumors have suggested a heavy 5S shortage, explaining the lack of pre-orders for the 5S. Thoughts have pointed to the fingerprint sensor, although the two not in stock are the white ones. Possibly issues there? Tonight's chatter and events seem to confirm the shortages.
Our carrier sources have told similar stories - one of the Tampa corporate ATT stores here had only TEN iPhone 5S TOTAL. At 7pm, three people were already in line. We've seen the same story on Twitter across the country, and other countries have even seen delays up to October for deliveries of iPhone 5S.
Online ordering of the 5S start at midnight PST, both on Apple.com and wireless.att.com. Expect delays there for shipping, as it seems supply is well under demand for this launch.