It’s only been about 45 minutes since the iPhone 5s became available for online orders here in the US, and the initial stock for most models has already been depleted. Shipping estimates for all gold-color configurations now show ‘October.’

Since there’s no exact date given, one could assume they could end up waiting a month or more for their iPhone 5s. In fact, given that we’re expecting a mid-October iPad event, it’s possible you could end up with a new iPad before it shows up.

Why are supplies dwindling so fast? Well we’ve known for a while now that initial inventory for the iPhone 5s would be extremely limited. Apple has reportedly been having problems manufacturing the fingerprint sensors at high volumes.

Is there any way to get one before October? If you haven’t ordered your iPhone 5s by now, your best bet is to head to your local Apple Store or participating retailer and hop in line. Most stores will be opening their doors today at 8 am local time.

  • George

    Actually it’s only the gold iPhone 5S that’s showing October.

    • Sean Cua

      read the title.

      • Cameron Chao

        He wrote this before they changed the title.

      • Sean Cua


  • Baby Damulag

    wow glad i ordered from best buy, picking up later when i wake up haha

  • solidsephiroth

    If you go on twitter, you’ll see people having issues with Apple only shipping to AT&T’s billing address. I had to change mine immediately, but I think I may have issues with the credit card address. We’ll see what happens once it comes out of the “We’ve received your order” stage. Any idea how long that takes, based on past experience?

    • Andrew Parmet

      I placed my order on Apple’s site, specifically because the last time I ordered from AT&T’s site, they wouldn’t let me change my shipping address from my home to my work. This time, Apple decided to follow AT&T’s example, and they won’t allow you to change your shipping address. This is a bit disappointing. I did notice they were more than happy to take my money immediately…

  • Juan Genao

    Silver says 1-3 day ship, expect delivery oct 1-3

  • Patrick

    hahaha got mine 8am this morning the black version

  • JShramek

    I’m in line now

  • stephen chow

    I ordered mine exactly at 12:01, thanks to idownloadblogs’ reminder. no need to wait that long. 🙂

  • Kenrick Fernandes

    i downloaded the ios 7 firmware for ios 5 manually from the download section. How do i install this via itunes. Holding down shift or something right?

    • Yunsar

      Hold down shift (for windows) and click update or restore in the summary section of your device

  • Tony Farrar

    Show’s October dispatch in the UK, Poor from Apple in my eyes, make a big thing about launching a new product and then they have no stock.

    • Saeed Ghattas

      I think you are wrong with the “no stock” theory, it’s more like “sold out”!

  • Kevin

    i m german and preordered mine at the german telekom on 13. Sep. I m holding it in my hands right now. Somehow weird that us customers are not able to pre order like i did :/

  • Sokrates

    In Germany it already started with 7-10 business days.

    • FFF84

      right now it is “October”

      • Sokrates

        Yeah but i mean i ordered it right after they put the site online, so 1.01 am german time.

      • FFF84

        Yes exactly, I just wanted to mention that it had changed

  • Tom Brady

    To hell with apple

  • Mr. E

    Just woke up (5am) and this line at Verizon is ridiculous ;P

    • tskwierc

      Lol thats great.

    • Rowan09

      Those stores usually never have lines only the Apple Store or your going to go there to find out its sold out.

    • ɑղժɾҽա

      Omg I didn’t even notice the guy sitting to the right of the door. lol

  • Taf Khan

    Apple prefer you to purchase your iPhone instore, the activate it before you leave, you accept the phone as is, any cosmetic defects as in “Scratch Gate” included. No distance buying rules would apply as when purchased online. When I got my iPhone 5 last year, it took 5 different handsets before things were right (I think it was the email to tcook@apple.com that got things moving). I’m sure these things are more of an issue just after release. Also limiting orders to the day of release online can stop the handsets appearing on EBay in advance.

  • GaugePrower

    So i noticed i couldnt get the tmobile split payments on apple’s website, only a one time 750 payment. so I had to navigate tmobiles website, which wasnt updated, to order my gold 32 5s. My order went in at about 20 after midnight PST after i found a link to order the phone. I noticed the pricing for tmobile has now changed for the 5c and 5s as well. I’m sure i was one of the first people to order a tmo 32gb gold but i’m backordered. I wonder for how long…

  • Hussain Alsanona

    Not only the the gold models even the silver models because my friend and I ordered silver models and it will be by October

  • Onyxus_Music

    This is crazy! Lol! So many places had the gray iPhone 5s, but many didn’t even get the silver or gold. It seems that many people who are looking for those colors will have to wait it out until the storm calm down. I’m one of them. Looking for the silver one was no joke. The lines were though. Hope others had better luck than I did.

    I almost gave into the gray one, but then decided that I wouldn’t be truly happy with my purchase, so I decided to wait.

  • Tim

    They should have been prepare to have stocked a huge amount of gold 5s of course people will go after the gold 5s since it is all new and different from what we have been seeing with black and white. Bad caculating on apple fault