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What You Need To Know As The Mad Rush To Buy New iPhones Has Begun

Apple’s newest iPhones officially launch in just a few hours in many parts of the world. Because of this, we’re already seeing some downtime reported on Apple’s online store. At the same time, supply constraints finally seem to be hitting the iPhone 5c, just as they have for the iPhone 5s. According to 9to5Mac, Apple is prepping for online orders with its websites for China, Hong Kong, Australia, and Singapore. As a result, some sites are now experiencing downtime. Meanwhile, iPhone 5c shipping times are growing longer, nearly a week after pre-orders had begun on Friday, Sept. 13. In the United States and Canada, shipments for online orders have grown to “1-3 business days.” In France and Germany, shipments are now listed as “5 working days.” Elsewhere, “7-10 working days,” has become the norm.

Getting your phone

Apple retail stores and third-party vendors will begin selling the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, beginning tomorrow, Sept. 20 at 8 a.m. local time. In addition, Apple will open online iPhone 5s orders at 12:01 a.m. PDT tomorrow morning in those same countries. As a reminder, iPhone 5s supplies are expected to be very, very low at launch. Because of this, we advise all readers who wish to buy a new phone to get to their favorite store early. Unlike in previous years, Apple didn't offer preordering options for its flagship product this time around. We also advise those who plan on buying a phone online to get in front of a computer screen as close to 12:01 a.m. PDT as possible. Again, iPhone 5s supplies are said to be extremely limited. This, coupled with likely website downtimes, mean that successfully placing an online order isn't guaranteed. Finally, please note: There has been no word from Apple on when those first iPhone 5s orders will actually ship to customers. We'll be covering tomorrow's launch, and can't wait to do so. For this, we'd love your help. Please forward your line photos to us on Twitter @appadvice. Your photo may be published here at AppAdvice! For more information on the new iPhones, see: Piper Jaffray Analyst Expects Apple To Sell 5-6 Million iPhones This WeekendApple Could Look To MacBook Pro Supplier To Boost iPhone 5s Production, and First iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c Unboxing Photos And Videos Hit The Web.    
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