In just over 30 minutes it will be iPhone 5S order time in the UK, and this is thanks to the Apple Store being down right now following Australia’s store going down before orders went live a number of hours ago. This has revealed that the iPhone 5S UK delivery time will slip faster than any previous year.
There are a number of reasons why you can expect the iPhone 5S to launch with low stock and a delivery time changing within minutes. Firstly, we have heard about production problems for a few weeks and the lack of a pre-order only added to the mounting evidence of low stock. Secondly, rumors point to low iPhone 5C orders and this could signal a lot of people wanting to order the higher-end Apple phone.
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More proof arrived after Australia put the iPhone 5S up for order and changed shipping times within minutes, they slipped to 7-10 days moments after going live, so you can expect the same treatment for UK orders.
Yesterday, we also published some details about O2 iPhone 5S stock and the fact that most stores will not carry the new flagship phone on its release date. This again is due to stock problems and will mean most O2 stores will be open to take orders only without a single iPhone 5S in stock.
Will you be ordering an iPhone 5S at 12:01AM on September 20th? You can expect server problems with Apple’s online store and iTunes account pages, although some people hope this might not be the case considering the orders being rolled out across the world rather than all at once like previous launches. We should also note that the UK iPhone 5S order time was first thought to be 8:01am like last year, but this is now obviously not the case with around 30 minutes to go at the time of writing.