Worldwide iPhone 5s and 5c sales kick off at Australian Apple Stores [updated with video]

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Sales of Apple's highly anticipated new iPhones have begun, with the first units hitting customers' hands in Australia just minutes ago, following online orders started earlier in the day.

Australian iPhones
Source: Ben Pasternak of BrandHitTech


In Australia, the local time is now 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, meaning the iPhone has officially gone on sale at the country's local Apple Stores. The country is the first to officially launch the handset ahead of an 11-country worldwide rollout.

Ben Pasternak was one of the first to receive both the iPhone 5c and 5s, which are pictured above. Lines were expectedly long at launch, though the purchasing process was said to have gone smoothly.



Apple's iPhones will be rolling out around the world on Friday, with 11 countries taking part in the launch, up from 9 in 2012's iPhone 5 debut. Following Australia, customers in Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK and US will be able to place orders through the Online Apple Store, or brave lines at brick-and-mortar locations.

While iPhone 5c preorders have been live for one week, supply of the iPhone 5s is thought to be severely constrained. When sales of the 5s kicked off online in Australia, it was already showing a 7 to 10 day lead time compared to 1 to 3 days for the 5c. This is not to say the situation will be identical in other countries, though the pushed back delivery dates offer some vision into Apple's channel inventory.
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  • Reply 1 of 38
    Gold iPhone 5s's have been extremely rare. The carriers have none and most Apple stores seem to have been given 5 of each capacity, so only the first 5-10 people in the queue got them.

    Will be interesting to see how the rest of the world pans out.
  • Reply 2 of 38
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,992member
    Already got mine, syncing it now.

    Interesting, capacity shows as 59.61 GB, my old 5 was 57
  • Reply 3 of 38

    What kind/color did you get? Any indication on how availability was? How long did you have to wait in line? Sorry for all the questions, but curious minds want to know!

  • Reply 4 of 38
    Online store in the UK was 7-10 business days on the 5s from the moment it went live.
  • Reply 5 of 38
    Was at Castle Towers in Sydney. I heard someone 10th in line be told the days allocation of Gold in all capacities was exhausted. It's possible they had none at all and were not saying. Then again, if you were first in line and they had no Gold you would be angry. Maybe they had two of each.

    FWIW: I was about 60th in line. Got a Space Gray 16GB.
  • Reply 6 of 38
    dreyfus2dreyfus2 Posts: 1,072member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by weejock View Post



    Online store in the UK was 7-10 business days on the 5s from the moment it went live.

     

    Yep, same in Germany (and 1-3 days for all 5C models). But that is still quite good compared to the times carriers are quoting here (e.g. T-Mobile Germany quotes 5-6 weeks for the gold 32 GB model)...

  • Reply 7 of 38
    elrothelroth Posts: 1,201member
    Remember those stories about how the gold color would be a failure, that it wouldn't sell even in China?
  • Reply 8 of 38
    Noticed the stock has been ticking up with these sales.
    Yeah, no one will buy the 5C. Gold is a gimmick color. Apple has run out of innovation.

    Apple: being beleaguered since 1995.
  • Reply 9 of 38
    remember when first report/rumor of a Gold iPhone surfaced online? People were making fun of the color!
  • Reply 10 of 38
    iqatedoiqatedo Posts: 1,701member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hill60 View Post



    Already got mine, syncing it now.



    Interesting, capacity shows as 59.61 GB, my old 5 was 57

     

    Didn't you know, can't get them is Straya now till October sometime!

     

    On another note, iOS 7 on my 5 is just great, very pleased.

     

    On another, 'nother note, chatting with two long term PC users this morning after our Friday morning ride, both likely to buy Macs soon after their experiences with the iPad. Halo hasn't slipped here!

  • Reply 11 of 38

    [c] for Canine

     

  • Reply 12 of 38
    iqatedoiqatedo Posts: 1,701member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hentaiboy View Post

     

    [c] for Canine

     


     

    So, not just every man but his dog too. Staff or customer? If the latter, do you have it yet?

  • Reply 13 of 38
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by IQatEdo View Post

     

     

    So, not just every man but his dog too. Staff or customer? If the latter, do you have it yet?


     

    That's not me. Just a screen grab from video above.

    I never realised killer guard dogs were allowed in our stores :wow:

  • Reply 14 of 38
    Saw that the online store was 'busy' but no sales yet to be seen here in Holland. Stayed up for nothing. I love IOS 7 by the way !
  • Reply 15 of 38
    Originally Posted by hentaiboy View Post

    I never realised killer guard dogs were allowed in our stores :wow:


     

    He’s obviously blind.

  • Reply 17 of 38
    Originally Posted by hentaiboy View Post
    The scalpers have started already

     

    Ooh, any boxes yet? You know, the ones that even explicitly say, “This is just the box” and yet are in the $600 range? I love those.

  • Reply 17 of 38
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,992member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ub52209 View Post

     

    What kind/color did you get? Any indication on how availability was? How long did you have to wait in line? Sorry for all the questions, but curious minds want to know!


     

    64GB Silver, Gold sold out before the store opened.

  • Reply 19 of 38
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by elroth View Post



    Remember those stories about how the gold color would be a failure, that it wouldn't sell even in China?

     

    Actually, no.

  • Reply 20 of 38
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,992member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JimDreamworx View Post



    Noticed the stock has been ticking up with these sales.

    Yeah, no one will buy the 5C. Gold is a gimmick color. Apple has run out of innovation.



    Apple: being beleaguered since 1995.

     

    A reporter came along the line, doing an informal poll.

     


    The first 5C was 60 back, I was 59th.
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