The new iPhones have arrived! Whether you’re braving the lines at an Apple store or placing an order from the comfort of your desk, millions of Apple fans are getting ready to check out the company’s latest hardware. A little earlier this week, we heard some predictions about how stock availability might affect those shopping plans. Specifically, we got word that 5S stocks would be much smaller than those for the 5C, and of the 5S in particular, silver and the new gold models would be especially limited. As sales begin, it likes those predictions are true for that gold model, certainly, with ship times for online orders already falling back into October.
Go online to place an iPhone 5S order right now in the US, and you’ll see that the silver and space gray versions of the phone are available in all storage capacities, on all networks, shipping in 7-10 days. That’s how things started for gold, as well, but in what we’re hearing took just ten minutes after sales opened overnight, the ship dates for the gold iPhone 5S – all storage and carrier options – slid back into October.
Granted, 7 to 10 business days from now is October already, but for Apple to already change how it’s advising shoppers of shipping delays definitely has us thinking that it’s not too optimistic about getting those gold orders out super-quick.
Similar delays for the gold iPhone 5S have been noticed in other countries around the globe. If you’ve just got to have one now, there’s a slim chance that your local store could have some left, but with very limited stocks there, you’re going to have to luck out.
Update: Apple’s reportedly already ramping-up production of the gold 5S, in response to demand.