September 28, 2013
After canceling the option for customers to pick up their iPhone 5s orders at its retail stores, Apple is set to make the option available again beginning next week. Last week, Apple originally allowed customers who purchased the recently released iPhone 5s via its online store or the official Apple Store app to pick up the device at its retail stores. But it stopped offering in-store pickups for its flagship handset earlier this week, apparently on account of the in-demand product's supply constraints. The iPhone 5c, on the other hand, remained available for personal pickup. As it turned out, according to 9to5Mac, the personal pickup option was activated ahead of its scheduled availability as a result of a glitch. The website notes that the option is going to be restored by Apple for the iPhone 5s as early as Monday next week:
Now we’ve heard from two sources that Apple will restore the Personal Pickup option for the iPhone 5s as soon as this upcoming Monday, September 30th. Users will be able to reserve an iPhone via Apple’s website and then pick it up in-store on a day of their choosing. Sources added that Apple will continue to use a “queue card” system for walk-in purchases until the strong demand for iPhone 5s normalizes.Apple sold more than 9 million units of the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c during the devices' first weekend of availability. Since then, the gold iPhone 5s has become the most sought after model among Apple's new handsets.