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Apple's iPhone 5S will not be available for pre-order

Suggests firm could be experiencing component shortages
Wed Sep 11 2013, 13:31
Apple iPhone 5S in space grey gold and silver

GADGET DESIGNER Apple has revealed that its iPhone 5S, unlike the iPhone 5C, won't be available to pre-order ahead of its release on 20 September.

While Apple's not very affordable iPhone 5C handset will be available to pre-order from 13 September, the firm has said that its flagship iPhone 5S handset won't be, with potential buyers instead having to wake up bright and early on launch day to either order online or join a queue. The really keen among you could pack up your tent and fold-up chair and join the queue already, and while we wouldn't recommend this, you are unlikely to be the only one.

Apple has yet to explain why the iPhone 5S won't be offered on pre-order, but it does hint that the company is facing supply constraints or component shortages. With the iPhone 5S featuring a new fingerprint scanner, known as Touch ID, and a reworked camera module, this theory would seem to make sense.

However, with Apple remaining quiet, we could be completely off the mark. The firm was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

Holding back pre-orders could also suggest that Apple is looking to push its new iPhone 5C handset into buyers' hands over the iPhone 5S smartphone. Apple's homepage adds weight to this theory, with the website featuring the colourful handset as its main splash image. We don't know why the firm would want to do this. Possibly to cover up for component shortages.

For those looking to pick up the iPhone 5S on launch day, check out our iPhone 5S price, release date and where to buy roundup. µ


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