TODAY IS A BIG DAY for Apple as it launches its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C handsets, but much like its iOS 7 rollout, things haven't quite gone to plan.
Apple Insider reports that the Cupertino firm has issued an internal high priority alert, warning that its activation servers are experiencing issues.
This problem reportedly is stopping new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C owners from activating their shiny new smartphones and is also said to be affecting those who have recently restored an older iPhone device - to install iOS 7, for example.
Some users experiencing the issue have taken to Twitter to vent their rage. One user said, "I downloaded iOS 7 and now i can't activate my iPhone cause the Activation server cannot be reached, so i cant use my iPhone," while another chipped in that their new iPhone 5S is little more than an "expensive paperweight".
Apple has yet to say what is causing the problem beyond saying it's due to "internal issues", but likely it's due to a large surge of traffic.
This could suggest that the firm has already shifted a large number of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C handsets, with the firm expected to shift between "five or six million" iPhones through the weekend.
Apple's online store seems to reflect this, as it's now promising to ship all iPhone 5S models in October, having promptly sold out on Friday morning. UK mobile operators are also facing similar stock shortages, but it's still unclear whether this is due to sales or lack of stock in the first place.
Apple hasn't said when it expects its iPhone activation server problem to be resolved. µ
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