Just a little over two days after Apple began its worldwide rollout of the iPhone 5S, the company’s Online Apple Stores in each of the 11 countries participating in the phone’s launch are showing stock outs until October. As of late Saturday, Apple’s online storefronts in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK and US all show no available inventory for all nine iPhone 5S variations with delivery dates being pushed back into October.
The first model to go in each country was the new gold version, stock of which was rumored to be severely constrained prior to launch day. Even China’s iPhone 5S reservation system, which was meant to dissuade scalpers and help manage crowds, foreshadowed the high demand when it opened earlier this week.
Apple’s 64 GB “Space Gray” iPhone 5S was the next to sell out online and in a number of other countries, with multiple reports coming in mentioning that the model has been sold out at physical Apple Stores in the US, Canada, Australia, China, France, Hong Kong. Supply of the silver iPhone 5S, the only color to carryover from the iPhone 5, was last to sell out in many countries.
Although it took a little bit longer for the iPhone 5S to sell out compared to last year’s iPhone 5, there were several factors that have to be kept in mind, including the simultaneous release of the cheaper iPhone 5C. Comparatively, the supply for the iPhone 5C still appears to be high, with the Online Apple Store quoting ship-by times for the device as being within 24 hours.
Were you able to get your hands on an iPhone 5S? If so, what was your experience like?