Apple’s new iPhones 5c and 5s poised for all-time record sales – if supply is there

“Apple Inc. (AAPL) attracted long lines of shoppers today for the global debut of its latest iPhones, the company’s biggest product introduction this year.,” Adam Satariano reports for Bloomberg News. “In New York, customers lined up around the block to get into Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store, while in Munich about 2,000 gathered to buy the new iPhone 5s and 5c, and in London the waiting crowd stretched about a mile.”

“The iPhone 5s and 5c went on sale today in U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K.,” Satariano reports. “It’s the first time Apple rolled out its flagship product for sale in China on the same day as elsewhere, abandoning the usual three-month delay, as the company seeks to lure new customers in the world’s largest mobile-phone market.”

“While the 5s is also available in black and white versions, the gold model emerged as the hottest seller. AT&T Inc., Sprint Corp., T-Mobile US Inc. and Verizon Wireless won’t be able to ship gold iPhones until October, while the others are available this month, Apple said on its website. Gold and white were sold out at the Grand Central store in New York,” Satariano reports. “Whether the Cupertino, California-based company can surpass the record 5 million smartphones sold during last year’s iPhone debut depends on whether there is enough supply of the feature-rich iPhone 5s… Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, said demand for the new iPhones was ‘incredible’ and that they were sold out or in limited supply at some stores.”

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  1. Everyone, Chill. I wouldn’t get worked up over this. Apple already knew they had supply constraints, likely due to the introduction of China sales on Day One. Possibly they tried to rectify the issue before the target date, and when it was obvious they couldn’t, Apple Manned Up and let everyone know a week before that the Opening Day would have shortages. I’ll bet a LOT of companies wished they could have problems like this. P.S. With the exception of the 4S and the 5, EVERY iPhone introduction has had shortages.

    Remember, Apple is going to sell MILLIONS of these devices. By October this will all be resolved and done, just in time for the Christmas shopping season. Anyone who wants a new Champagne iPhone 5S will be able to get one.

    @Mike, and others, your comment about bad battery life has been noted, and addressed in this handy LifeHacker checklist. Go read it:

  2. all this bickering, what a shame!

    despite the fact my contract isn’t up until next year and my next iphone will be an iphone 6, i was going to express my delight at how positively joyful, dare i say, ‘giddy’ MDN is.

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