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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:11 PM   #1
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U.S. Online Apple Stores Go Down Ahead of iPhone 5s Launch




The U.S. Apple Store has gone offline in preparation of the launch of online sales for the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5s is Apple's new top-end iPhone which incorporates the faster A7 processor, camera improvements and a fingerprint sensor.

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Lines have started to form at stores across the country. While the the LA Times claims that lines are "noticeably shorter or nonexistent" as compared to previous launches, CNet reports there were healthy lines internationally.

Supply for the new iPhone appears to be tight with international stores selling out relatively quickly. Apple didn't offer pre-orders for the iPhone 5s, so both online and retail sales begin today.

A few reports from U.S. readers in line also indicate very little stock of White and Gold devices. One reader RiderXTC at the Clarendon, VA store indicates that there is a two device per person limit, and White and Gold devices were all claimed quickly:
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An Apple employee just came out and asked everyone in line which color, carrier, and size they desired. After getting to the third person, there are no more gold/white or silver/white in any size for any carrier.
The iPhone 5c will also go on sale at retail stores on Friday, September 20th. Retail sales will begin at 8am local time, while online sales will kick off at 12:01am Pacific time.

Update: Mac4Ever has a gallery of long lines for the iPhone 5s launch in France.


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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:14 PM   #2
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Here's hoping I can order it online with no trouble through Verizon on my break at work.
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:14 PM   #3
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Good luck everyone trying to get a 5s!
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I'm first in line.... in front of my computer that is.
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:14 PM   #5
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And when it comes back up: 7 to 10 days to ship.
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:15 PM   #6
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:15 PM   #7
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:16 PM   #8
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What?! This is 20 minutes away from me!
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:17 PM   #9
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barely a line at the flagship nyc fifth ave store also. quite surprising considering the no pre-order deal.
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:18 PM   #10
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Ffs. What to do!?!
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:19 PM   #11
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An Apple employee just came out and asked everyone in line which color, carrier, and size they desired. After getting to the third person, there are no more gold/white or silver/white in any size for any carrier.
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And when it comes back up: 7 to 10 days to ship.
I'll dropkick a sack of flour into Tim Cook's face.
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:19 PM   #13
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Glad I'm getting my 5C tomorrow.

Goodluck to all those pre-ordering tonight. Use the Apple Store App! It normally lets you purchase quicker than online orders.
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alarm set for 2:50 am!
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:21 PM   #15
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I'm fine waiting 7-10 days after I order. I'll enjoy my nice soft bed and TV while others wait in the dark.... Enjoy... and good luck all.
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:23 PM   #16
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Lucky scalpers. The profits on eBay will be insane for this launch.
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:23 PM   #17
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"An Apple employee just came out and asked everyone in line which color, carrier, and size they desired. After getting to the third person, there are no more gold/white or silver/white in any size for any carrier."

This is making me want to order online, screw waiting in line. I want gold darn it, no need to wait online if there's a large chance I won't have the option, especially in 64GB.
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Is it confirmed if AT&T stores are also opening at 8AM local time?
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Are there this few white faced-iPhones at every store? That's crazy!
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:30 PM   #21
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Good luck to all my retina Haswell folks. This is the time to hope against hope that when the store comes back up, there will be magical silent upgrades to the rMBP.

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What?! This is 20 minutes away from me!
you should get in on that. While the line is still short. I thing a lot of people that normally would pre-order will show up in the morning.
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So 2:01 am Central Time right? Just want to make sure before I make that pot of coffee...
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:34 PM   #24
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:35 PM   #25
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Hate it

I hate this new iPhone 5S. And now I need to wait some more days to hate it first hand - and you all know how I hate waiting. I already hate the gold color - it's so awful I'm getting two to hate it twice. What a mess, Apple! It's going to flop!

I love my iPhone 5, which is perfect. It was a success. Apple shouldn't have changed a thing. It's a wonderful phone that works perfectly. I'm eagerly waiting Apple to release iPhone 6, so I can hate that one instead of iPhone 5S - looking forward loving my new iPhone 5S.

It's my natural cycle of hate-love relationship with Apple. Love you! Hate you! :-) I'm very passionate, there is only red pill and blue pill - nothing in-between.
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