The iPhone 5s and 5c went on sale today with people lining up at Apple stores around the world. Lines reportedly were long in Japan, Australia and across Europe. As of the writing of this post, the lines are still forming in the US. Online orders also commenced with ship dates quickly extending out to 7-10 days as soon as the stores went live.

Though some lampooned the color, one of the more difficult iPhone models to purchase apparently is the gold iPhone 5s. Shortly after it went on sale, ship dates for that color choice slipped to October in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and the US. It is no longer available to order in Hong Kong or Singapore. The chatter from Twitter suggests many stores in Europe do not have the gold model in stock either or have limited supplies.

Inventory of the iPhone 5c appears to be holding up well with the handset still showing a ship date of 1-3 days worldwide. Pre-orders, which kicked off last week, should land on customers doorsteps today.

iPhone 5s and 5c sales kickoff worldwide with long lines, October ship dates originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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