According to carrier stores – since Apple obviously doesn’t disclose projected stock levels for its self-branded Apple Retail stores – supplies of the new iPhone 5S are going to be severely limited during launch and for some time afterward. Such revelations are no surprise, given Apple’s lack of pre-orders for the new flagship iOS device; traditionally, the company allows customers to pre-order the new iPhone roughly a week before the phone actually ships.
This year, only China was able to make that claim.
AllThingsD says that multiple branded stores, or retail outlets owned by T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and/or Spirint are experiencing dismay at just how few of the new iPhones they’ve received. Brighthand‘s own sources suggest similar constraints placed upon shipments to several non-phone retail stores, as well.
It’s not all bad news though, as many new iOS users as well as new upgrade customers are likely to choose the iPhone 5C. While it’s true that the phone’s internals are very nearly the same as those found in last year’s flagship iPhone 5, the bright colors as well as potentially sturdier plastic frame may go a long way toward drawing desire, and pressure, from the limited number of iPhone 5S units available.
Still, if you’re planning to snag a new 5S this Friday, order online and do it early – but don’t expect to be picking up your phone that day, as Apple is forbidding in-store pickup for the new iPhones on launch day. If you want to brave the lines and go in person, you’ll still want to get there before the lines get too long, so be sure to get a good night’s sleep the day before.