Apple (again) announces iPhone 5s/5c go on sale on Friday

By , Sep 17, 2013

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It may not be the press release Wall Street has been keeping its fingers crossed for, but Apple in a newly published media statement on Tuesday nevertheless reminded us that the new iPhone 5s and 5c are scheduled to go on sale on Friday, September 20 at 8:00am local time at Apple retail stores and at 12:01am PDT at the online Apple Store.

Both handsets will be available from day one in the United States, United kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico Singapore and – for the first time – in China, where Apple used to deliver new iPhones months after they’d launched in the United States…

The iPhone 5S comes in gold, silver or space gray and will be available in the US for $199/$299/$399 for the 16/32/64GB model. The iPhone 5C is available in blue, green, pink, yellow and white, priced at $99/$199 for the 16/32GB model.

These price points entail a two-year contract with a carrier.

In the US, the new iPhones will be available through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, select Best Buy, RadioShack, Target and Walmart stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

Here’s from Apple.

Every customer who buys an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store.

Apple’s own iPhone 5s cases in beige, black, blue, brown, yellow and red cost $39 a pop. The iPhone 5c cases will be available in blue, green, pink, yellow, black and white, priced at $29. The cases are available through the online Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Authorized Apple Resellers.

Nearly half of respondents in our poll said they will be buying an iPhone 5s, with less than three percent opting for one of the colorful iPhone 5c models.

Probably in an effort to drum up excitement for the top-line iPhone 5s, Apple only put the plastic iPhone 5c up for pre-order (here’s why). The absence of a press release announcing pre-order numbers caused some commotion on Wall Street as investors punished the stock.

Interestingly, Apple started taking online reservations for the iPhone 5s in China, with most models and colors selling out across the country in just minutes.

Will you be buying a new iPhone come this Friday?

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  • CASEACE79

    Just a heads up but you listed the 5c as the 5s when talking about the case colors

  • TesticularFortitude

    I’m ready for my 5s.

  • on3simpleclick

    Will be sticking with my 4S for a while longer. Neither of the new phones are impressive or innovative enough to warrant an upgrade. Better luck next time Apple.

    • José Gabriel Rivera Velázquez

      What would be inovative enough for you?

      • Dr. Joseph S. Curcio

        A larger screen, a thinner unit, and a much better battery.
        A lower non contract price would bring the desire to buy an upgrade at this point.

      • Ignacio Irigoyen

        Most of those things are true if you change from 4s to 5s

      • José Gabriel Rivera Velázquez

        True.

      • José Gabriel Rivera Velázquez

        A larger screen is not an innovation, keeping the same size and improving the components is. If apple wanted to they would make a bigger phone but it doesn’t make them less inovative than the next guy.

      • batongxue

        Thinner? Really??????

    • Shingo

      r u waiting hologram screen and 100years battery life? innovative enuf for ya? and 6D video gfx with 100Terra storage and 1Terra Built in memory?

      • on3simpleclick

        i’m waiting for an iPhone that isn’t a ‘copy & paste’ of the previous phone. Apple have the talent & money to make something amazing, but they’re intent on just releasing revisions of old hardware each year.

        Apple haven’t done anything impressive since the jump to the iPhone 4 from the 3GS.

      • Shingo

        then upgrade once every 3 years shud be innovative enuf

      • http://kcain.com/ KC

        This, all the day long.

  • Trevor Salmon

    What do you think the shipping time frame be if you order right when they open the orders online?

    • Ignacio Irigoyen

      I’m hoping 1 or 2 days, being realistic 1 week, by the next day 2 or 3 weeks.

      I’m relay hoping this no pre-order non sense with the 5s is more a marketing strategy and not weak supply.

  • Dwayne Yoder

    will we be able to order online and pick up at local Apple Store same day?

    • veda99

      No