Sales of the iPhone 5S are set to begin this Friday, September 20, but if you’ve been following the gossip surrounding this smartphone like we have, no doubt by now you’ve heard more than once about possible supply problems. So far, we’ve been talking about the impact poor yield rates for the phone’s fingerprint scanner may have on availability, but that’s largely been in the context of quarterly or yearly sales – what about launch day? Are you going to have trouble getting your hands on a new phone? Today we hear some new rumors about what to expect, and learn how color choices may factor in to determining which iPhone 5S you go home with.
Supposedly, Apple’s inventory of the 5S is crazy low, and stores will have three to four times as many iPhone 5C units on hand as 5S models. And of those 5S deliveries that do make it to stores in time for Friday’s retail launch, a good 3/4 of them are likely to be the “space” gray version.
Now, presumably Apple’s giving favor to the gray 5S because it expects demand for it to be higher, but keep in mind that if you’ve got your heart set on a silver or gold 5S, your local store may not have very large stocks on hand at all.
Beyond that, lower storage capacity variants are unsurprisingly expected to present in larger numbers than Apple’s more expensive options, though as carriers go, AT&T may have a slightly better assortment of those higher-capacity models than the likes of Verizon.
Source: 9to5 Mac