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iPhone 5S Delays: New orders not shipping until October

Luke Johnson


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The iPhone 5S has officially launch in the UK, and while Apple stores currently have limited stocks, online orders are being delayed until October.

In contrast to the usually seamless iPhone launches Apple has become known for, today’s iPhone 5S release has been clouded in confusion. While a lack of pre-order availability caused many to raise eyebrows, day one iPhone 5S orders from the online Apple store are being given the vague dispatch date of ‘October’.

Affecting all iPhone 5S colours and the trio of storage capacities, the iPhone 5S delays are also in place at a selection of networks and third-party retailers.

Yesterday in the run up to the iPhone 5S release, O2 confirmed that it would not have iPhone 5S stock in stores but would instead be letting wannabe owners order the phone with a “six-eight week” delivery time.

“Nearly #O2iPhone Friday! Get 5c instore & order 5s online & on phone. No 5s in stores but they'll order for you and say when it's in,” an O2 spokesperson stated via the company’s official Twitter feed.

An issue only affecting the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C orders are currently being listed with a dispatch date of “1-3 business days.”

At present Apple has offered no official cause for the iPhone 5S delays although it has been suggested that low yield rates of the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor could be behind the stuttering rollout.

Having been officially unveiled last week, today’s September 20 iPhone 5S release date had been hesitantly confirmed with by the Cupertino based company, telling consumers that the phone would be able to ‘order’ as the iPhone 5C is ‘released’.

Have you been affected by the iPhone 5S delays? Let us know via the comments section below.

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September 20, 2013, 9:47 am

Got to Basingstoke Apple store this morning before 7am, Queue length was not that bad about 200 people I'm guessing. Was told by 07:30 all 5s Stock was spoken for after they had done the whole ticketing system through what I would guess about half the people in the queue. The Gold variant was the first one to go.

Bit the bullet and orderd through Vodafone's site, They're estimating 2-4 weeks when I ordered.


September 20, 2013, 12:40 pm

They have load in the Vodafone shop in Bromley. Got my choice of colour and spec. And there was no Q at all. The Apple store round the corner had a massive Q with most people picking up 2. I believe they were sold out by 8:30.

Janyne Di Biase

September 20, 2013, 3:26 pm

Mine will not arrive until October 14th!


September 21, 2013, 8:43 am

You should have gone to the THREE store, went in about 11 and picked one up straight away!


September 21, 2013, 4:25 pm

Problem I prefer Vodafone and wanted the 12 month contract but thanks for the tip :-)


September 21, 2013, 10:24 pm

i ordered mine through the apple wibsite on the 20th so when will i receive mine
on the order dispatch it only says october with no specific date


September 21, 2013, 10:24 pm

how do you know???
i haven't received an email yet


September 22, 2013, 3:55 am

Clowns take order on 20th than advise delivery 14th October! Third World!

Haffa Snaffa

September 22, 2013, 10:25 pm

Wow, I walked into a CW store in Birmingham at 10.00 am on Friday, and walked out 15 minutes later with a 5s 64GB in Space :o) No Q. At all. None. The Apple Store in the Bullring was packed, and it had no stock left. Most Apple Boys / Girls are sheep, they just follow the crowd.

William Stuart

September 24, 2013, 7:24 pm

How can you prefer Vodafone?! They are overpriced, and have terrible coverage for data, Three have great 3G coverage, very fast hspca networks and are much, much cheaper. Plus 4G is free at the end of the year!


September 29, 2013, 12:31 pm

I have been waiting for 3 weeks to get the new i phone however the official sale in the Netherlands has not even started yet. I assume new iphone 5s will be available around november here. So I got enough of that, If samsung introduces another android phone in the coming weeks I will definetly go for it.

Harlem's Mom

October 3, 2013, 4:27 am

I ordered the Gold 5S on 9/20 and still haven't received it yet. I called sprint numerous times and they have no clue as to when the phone will arrive and have also informed me that the Gold 5S has been limited anyway. Im so frustrated about this turn around time to receive my phone!


October 3, 2013, 7:35 pm

Ordered mine with carphone warehouse on 20th sept was assured by the advisor that I'll be guaranteed one on 04 October got a text on 03 October to say they can't deliver it and can't tell when they can deliver it. What a load of rubbish.

Eric Lewis Benjamin

October 8, 2013, 12:37 pm

Go Android in haste, repent in leisure.


October 8, 2013, 2:20 pm

Will i be able to buy 5s in singapore by next wek?

Cool Frank

October 10, 2013, 9:37 pm

Looks like they only produced 3 or 4 gold 64gb iPhone 5's on sept 19th and then started production on all the orders October 1st! I'm being faciscious but I'm getting sick of apple arrogance. If not for my already heavy inventory of apple products ( 27 iMac, iPad 4 and 3 apple tv's) I'd go galaxy or HTC.

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