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iPhone 5S stock now shipping to release date order customers

Sam Loveridge


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iPhone 5S units have started shipping to early order customers, over a fortnight after the release date.

Customers who ordered their iPhone 5S units from the online Apple Store on the September 20 release date will see their smartphones land on their doormat in the next few days.

Several customers have reported that the funds for their iPhone 5S have now left their bank accounts, with the order showing the device is “preparing for dispatch”.

Although, Apple is yet to offer an exact date customers can expect the iPhone 5S will arrive at their homes, customers are one step closer to receiving their new SIM-free iPhone.

Apple revealed on the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C release date that initial stock issues would be causing iPhone 5S delays, with the Cupertino company only able to offer a vague October dispatch date for any new orders processed on September 20.

iPhone 5S order status

Strangely, the issues only affected the flagship model, as the iPhone 5C were initially listed with a dispatch time of “1 – 3 business days”.

On the online Apple Store, the iPhone 5S October dispatch still applies, but the iPhone 5C will ship to customers “within 24 hours”.

Even retailers and UK network providers were affected by the iPhone 5S delays, tipped to be caused by low yield rates of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

“Nearly #O2iPhone Friday! Get 5c instore & order 5s online 7 on phone. No 5s in stores but they’ll order for you and say when it’s in,” read the official O2 UK twitter feed the day before the duo of new iPhones were due to be released.

The iPhone 5S was also not available to pre-order in the weeks preceding the September 20 release date, unlike the plastic-bodied iPhone 5C, which indicated there were some issues with stock of the flagship handset.

Next, read our iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5 comparison to see what’s changed.


October 7, 2013, 2:43 pm

My Gold 32 GB iPhone 5s with expected ship date before 11/4 status has not yet changed. Anyone else?

Rob Adams

October 7, 2013, 5:08 pm

i was at Verizon yesterday.. they mentioned that the Gold and Silver were only being shipped by Apple however, they, (Verizon) could ship it then to me. BUT! it was on back order at that location till about mid Nov. That's all of the info i have.


October 7, 2013, 5:08 pm

My order was cancel due to t mobile being ignorant had place another order the 30th of Sept back ordered Oct 1... hope it arrives soon


October 7, 2013, 5:10 pm

I ordered mine through Verizon on the release date. Can anyone else confirm that the iPhone 5s ships to Verizon before it ships to the end customer?


October 7, 2013, 5:11 pm


Mike Weiss

October 7, 2013, 8:23 pm

Are the gold iPhones shipping? I think the ones shipping are just for the Silver and Grey.


October 7, 2013, 8:40 pm

In uk we got ours last week, took delivery of my gold 16GB last Tuesday


October 7, 2013, 9:46 pm

I received my 32gb gold 5S today after ordering on the 20th. Long wait but worth it ;o)


October 7, 2013, 11:11 pm

i ordered mine from o2 2 weeks ago , when will it be arriving??


October 8, 2013, 2:35 am

I ordered Gold at 6PM EST. No news yet.


October 8, 2013, 4:02 am

Why not ship the 5s to all customers that got an order in?? Why go by the date you ordered the phone??? Apple is straight clowning with this 5s!!!


October 8, 2013, 5:13 am

I ordered my T-Mobile contract free the 25 sep. Any idea when apple will start shipping this model?


October 8, 2013, 10:54 am

I live in Pennsylvania I ordered my verizon 32GB gold on sep 20 from the apple online store. My family went to verizon the next day and my mom got a 5c verizon told me they would be receiving their shipment of 5s's on OCT 14 they also said that if I ordered through the apple store I would be receiving mine around that time.


October 8, 2013, 1:42 pm

What about people that ordered through their carrier? I placed my order at 3:15AM EDT and my order is still showing as backordered. It should be first come first served, not just everybody who ordered through the apple store.

Carlos Escada

October 8, 2013, 3:23 pm

Ordered my T-Mobile contract free iPhone on 26 Sep (one day after you ordered yours); Checking the status several times a day to see when there is an update from:
Available to ship: October
I am so excited, as I know you are!

Dondre Straker

October 8, 2013, 3:39 pm

Apple is God so they don't apply by your rules


October 8, 2013, 4:45 pm

Because that's how things work, genius. Get in line and stop whining.


October 8, 2013, 6:48 pm

My %s 64gb gold that i ordered on the 20th is still sat their processing with dispatched October


October 8, 2013, 7:19 pm

Carriers not going to get the 5s for another 2-3 weeks. Apple just took my payment an hour ago!!


October 8, 2013, 11:33 pm

Placed an in-store pick up order Sept. 30 for a 32 gb 5s. Apple's website said it was available for in store pick-up at my particular Apple store. Now for a week the order status has said "Processing: Available today" everyday. LOL. And still no new phone here. Get it together Apple.


October 8, 2013, 11:44 pm

I ordered mine on September 20th, 2013 - the release date of the iPhone 5S at 4:00PM Western Time through the AT&T Website. Is this article telling me that just because I ordered directly from AT&T and not indirectly from Apple -> AT&T, I will not receive my iPhone 5S in the next few days? One month without a phone is a pretty long time to be waiting...


October 9, 2013, 7:03 am

i ordered a silver 5s on 1st october i havent recieved it yet.


October 9, 2013, 8:22 am

Gold 64GB was ordered on Sept 20th at 6PM est. Not news yet


October 9, 2013, 9:08 am

Are you in the U.S?

James Smith

October 9, 2013, 9:09 am

Placed my order direct with Apple at 00:03 GMT on Sept 20th for a 64GB Gold 5s and mine arrived safe and securely on Monday 7th. :)

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