“Apple Inc. won’t start selling its new iPhones in retail stores until Friday, though early signs indicate that supply of the iPhone 5S may be exceptionally tight,” Dan Gallagher reports for MarketWatch.

“The smartphone appears to have sold out of its initial pre-sale run in China, according to a report by the 9to5Mac blog late Tuesday,” Gallagher reports. “While the device was not made available for pre-sale in the U.S., the available supply of almost all models and colors in China appeared to sell out within minutes, according to the blog.”

Gallagher reports, “Apple needs not only to stock the stores of its carrier partners, but must also have enough inventory to move through its own retail stores and its online channel. In addition, this is the first iPhone launch to include China, so carriers in the U.S. may be getting a smaller piece of the overall pie.”

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