Shortly after the new iPhone 5s/5c went on sale in the United States and an additional ten major international markets on September 20, Apple’s online store in the United States started showing signs of severely constrained supply of the flagship iPhone 5s model.

The device immediately appeared sold out as shipping estimates dropped from 1-3 days for the first few hours of availability, further slipping to 7–10 days and again to an ambiguous ‘October’ estimate. And now, the iPhone 5s shipping dates have been revised again, now listed as 2-3 weeks..

The iPhone 5s shipping estimates appear to have been updated for Apple’s online stores in the United States, Canada, Australia and other countries, and for all carriers, colors, and capacities.

As a result of this change, some customers who ordered their iPhone 5s may not see the shipment land at their doorstep before November. In Europe, however, shipping estimates are unchanged and still list ‘October’.

As a stark contrast to the iPhone 5s, its colorful brother, the iPhone 5c, appears to be either suffering from low sales or high supply as U.S. retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, Radioshack and others now offer the device with significant discounts, which has never happened for a “new” iPhone before.

The elusive gold iPhone 5s apparently sold out within minutes after launch. Supplies of the silver model are seemingly somewhat constrained as well, leaving impatient early adopters only with the Space Gray option in most markets.

Currently, both new iPhones are available in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico and Singapore. Apple recently announced a major international expansion that will see the addition of more than 50 new markets by November 1.

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Specifically, starting Friday, October 25, the iPhone 5s/5c will arrive in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand.

On November 1, the devices will hit Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates, Apple said.

The company previously acknowledged selling nine million iPhone 5s/5c units during the opening weekend, but refused to break down sales by model. The handsets are now hitting more than a dozen regional U.S. carriers, among them prepaid telcos Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

Tim Cook & Co. are shooting to make the handsets available in 100+ countries across about 300 carriers, an improvement over the 240 carriers that used to carry the iPhone 5.

  • Sal

    Ordered a gold 5s on sept 30. Now it says ships between Oct 24-28 and delivers by Nov 4. Good thing the person i ordered it for isnt in a hurry.

  • omrishtam


    • Josh

      When did you ordered it

      • omrishtam

        On the 26th september and i MUST it will come before the 21 october cuz i ordered it to my dad’s cusin house who lives in new york and my granny flew to new york and she is supposed to bring it to me and she is leaving at 21th october…. 🙁 i dont want my 3gs anymore….i use it only for phone calls and a bit of SMSs but about games and internet things it is useless

      • Josh

        It’s most likely it will deliver on the 30th

      • omrishtam

        SHIT D:

      • I ordered mine on the 26th as well, and it’s on it’s way. UPS says that it’ll be here this coming Wednesday. So there may be a chance for you to get it soon.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Ordered my white 32g 5S 3 wks ago. Ordered at AT&T on fri at about 3pm, had the phone in my hand mon at 3pm. Not exactly sure how that happened.

  • Matthew Cooper

    Ordered the silver one on Tuesday. Checked the order status and it should be in tomorrow. Based on this article I must be lucky

  • Beck Hoefling

    I finally got my gold iPhone 5S thanks to the in store pick up 🙂

  • Tulai Paul

    That’s a good approach. When some hardware problems have been reported against the model, its better to take time, but offer a flawless product. The decision of delay may annoy the buyers, but its a better decision. This will also help the companies like appnext, admob, revmob, taphoy, adcolony, inmobi as they are also gaining some unexpected time frame

  • Sumeet Gandhi

    what happens to the applecare? will it be active from order date or date of device received, i mean what happens to this 1 month delay ?

  • Rowan09

    After using my 5s for 3 days now I can say I’m loving IOS 7 and the fingerprint scanner. Since there is no current quick reply option, using the fingerprint scanner to unlock your phone after receiving a message is just amazing. I can’t wait for a jailbreak nevertheless, I can only imagine the things they will come up with.

  • Antzboogie

    I hope they delay the Jailbreak no one has their phone yet! SMH….LOL!

  • ongxa

    9 out of 10 iphone5s iphone5c well be returne.Apple is going down for let a kid make ios7.I have 3 iphone on os6 2 ipad2 my son pay with it for year.on ios6 never crash. I was force update it download with out my son ipad2 on ios7 crash everyday.he just wacth youtube and it crash and reboot .
    wifi not work that not work this not work.we use it for over a year work great.
    Now crash and reset everyday please be real. sale something is not work.
    Please post how many Iphone5s and c return.

    • Rowan09

      That’s number is way overblown 9 out of 10? Remember the signal issue with the iPhone 4, how many people returned them? If you have a iPad 2 and your having an issue it seems it might be IOS 7 and not the 5s specifically.

  • Ray

    Well kids, I ordered Mine on September the 22nd and I’m being quoted a November 4th arrival time.

  • kai

    I already have one:) for a few days:)