Apple’s iPhone 5s was not made available for pre-order, which has been the norm in recent years. As a result, it led to speculation as to why Apple chose to offer the iPhone 5c for pre-order, but not the iPhone 5s, the latter clearly an important device for the type of buyer who pre-orders. As we suspected, the issue revolves around supply issues. Now comes word from several sources at Apple Stores (via 9to5mac) that up the iPhone 5c will make up 80 percent of stock on Friday. Worse yet, the supply constraints are affecting in-store stock of the iPhone 5s. If you have plans on picking up an iPhone 5s on Friday, your best move is to arrive early.
Of the iPhone 5s models available, Apple is betting on Space Gray to be the most popular and their stock should reflect that come Friday. Silver/White and Gold/White should be in shorter supply. Sources also expect the 64GB to be in shorter supply as compared to the 16GB/32GB variants.
If you are hoping to pick up an iPhone 5s on Friday, our recommendation is to arrive early at your local Apple Store. If stock is limited at Apple Stores, it will be even worse at carriers and retail stores. They typically see smaller lines, but also smaller supplies. Apple announced earlier today that the iPhone 5s can be purchased online at Apple.com starting at 12:01 PST. It’s unclear if it will be available for purchase with in-store pickup as an option.