It seems like the 5S is more in supply and demand trouble than the 5 was last year, but I can't be certain, as I didn't participate in that launch. I'm trying to see which launches went smoothly and which didn't. From what I can remember: 4S was pretty smooth if you pre-ordered. I pre-ordered and got it delivered that first Friday. ipad 3 was pretty smooth; I was surprised when I called a local best buy on launch day and they still had my model at 3 in the afternoon. ipad2 I remember was a mess. It was pretty strapped, similar to the 5S, but I don't think as severe as the gold models. I remember stores getting in a few each day and lines forming each day So, how was the 5's Launch? Similar to this one or a lot easier to get your hands on your phone? What about ipad 4? What about iphone 4? 3GS? 3G?