September 20, 2013
With just a couple of hours to go before the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c become officially available in the U.S., Apple has taken down its online store as it prepares to take orders for the new devices. As previously announced, Apple isn't accepting preorders for the iPhone 5s. Preorders for the iPhone 5c, on the other hand, have been accepted since Sept. 13. Apple has announced that iPhone 5s orders will be accepted online beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT tomorrow, Sept. 20. Apple retail stores will begin accepting orders at 8 a.m. local time on the same day. And so will the stores of Apple's partner carriers, including AT&T, whose website now shows a landing page counting down to the preorder start time. Ahead of the official release of the iPhone 5s, reports of the flagship handset's supply constraints have emerged. As Brent reported earlier today here on AppAdvice:
Looking at Apple’s online store in Australia, all colors and models of the high-end handset are listed as shipping in seven to 10 business days. The situation in Hong Kong and Singapore is even worse. Both of those stores only list the handset as shipping in October. That doesn’t exactly bode well for customers looking to snag the handset in Europe and the United States.As it turns out, the situation in Europe is no different, as customers have been seeing delivery dates of 7 to 10 days for iPhone 5s units ordered from Apple's European online stores. We'll see whether U.S. customers will have better luck in two hours … and counting down.