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In-Store Pickup Option for U.S. Online iPhone 5s Orders Resumes

Last Monday, Apple began offering in-store pickup for online orders of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, despite extreme shortages of the iPhone 5s following its launch the previous Friday. Just a day later, Apple halted the in-store pickup option for the iPhone 5s, perhaps because of the lack of supply.

But in line with a report from late last week, Apple has now resumed in-store pickup for the iPhone 5s, allowing customers to check availability at their local retail stores when placing orders.

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Availability remains extremely tight, with very few stores showing any stock of most models. As has been the case since launch, silver and gold models are seeing very limited supplies, but even space gray models remain unavailable for in-store pickup at most locations.

Apple continues to quote "October" shipping estimates for all new online orders in countries where the iPhone 5s has launched, suggesting that the company is still experiencing some uncertainty about how quickly it will be able to meet demand. The first minor expansion in availability of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c is set occur tomorrow when Virgin Mobile USA and a number of regional carriers in the U.S. and Canada are scheduled to begin offering the devices.

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16 months ago

This is horrendous. How can Apple sink so low as a company. No iphone 5s in stock. Is it a mythical device???:mad:


the entitlement is unparalleled.

its a very popular device. it sold million of copies. they dont come out of thin air, and if you were too slow to get one of the first then theres no one to be upset at other than yourself.
Rating: 7 Votes
16 months ago
This is horrendous. How can Apple sink so low as a company. No iphone 5s in stock. Is it a mythical device???:mad:
Rating: 6 Votes
16 months ago
I ordered on day 1 and mine still hasn't shipped yet. Not a big deal, I'm patient, but I'm also a little irritated to find out that apparently you can now order today and simply walk into a store and pick it up same day. I feel like I'm being penalized for ordering early.
Rating: 4 Votes
16 months ago
I haven't seen an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C in "the wild" yet.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 months ago
Just tried it here in the Boston area. No 5s's of any color combination within a 100 miles.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 months ago

I haven't seen an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C in "the wild" yet.


I've already seen a couple dozen of them here in Tokyo. Today, in fact, I saw a guy in his 80s on the street checking a white 5c. Very cool that Apple tech is being used by not only the "digital" generation, but also by senior citizens!
Rating: 3 Votes
16 months ago
Nice. Really wish they would have had better inventory planning and in-store pickup from the get go.

I had ordered a 32gb Space Gray AT&T and fell into the 7-10 group, although I really thought it was going to ship last week but didn't. Happened to be by an Apple Store Saturday and stopped in. They had it in stock. So one of the Sales reps got asked for one from the back and when we had it in hand I went on line and cancelled my order on one of the display MBP. She rang me up and it took a few attempts for it to say I was eligible again for an upgrade, but after a few minutes it went through.
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago
No 5s in anywhere near Indy within 100 miles... Come on Apple!
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago

This is just plain crazy. They had plenty of time to manufacture and stockpile these phones over the past few months. This way they just p*** off everyone, including otherwise loyal customers.


Yea....you know all about how modern mass-scale electronics manufacturing works, I am sure. :rolleyes:
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago
I love the silly heads who think that Apple messed up the release or otherwise doesn't deliberately create and benefit from not having enough stock.
Rating: 2 Votes

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