iPhone 5s now on sale at Apple's online store

A week ago, Apple started taking pre-orders for its iPhone 5c device on its Apple Store site This morning, the 5c was joined by the iPhone 5s, just a few hours before it is scheduled to make its debut on retail store shelves in the U.S.

The site shows that the 5s will ship in one to three business days if you get a two year contract phone to use on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint's networks in the U.S. The 5s, which comes in grey, silver and gold colors, is offered in 16, 32 and 64GB versions for $199, $299 and $399, respectively. If you want to go with a no-contract 5s, the Apple Store's only option is with T-Mobile. They are selling the 16, 32 and 64GB versions for $649, $749 and $849, respectively.

Some people decided to wait in front of the main Apple Store in New York City to get the iPhone 5s on September 9th. If you decide that you want to go out this morning to get the phone, you may be disappointed as some sources claim that Apple's first shipments of the 5s won't be enough to meet demand today.

Apple is currently not selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 5s without a SIM card. As we reported earlier this week, that's not stopping a company called Goldgenie from offering such a phone that's also covered in real gold for prices that start at $2,820.

Source: Apple Store | Image via Apple

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The Galaxy line tends to stick to the same overall design time and time again. The iPhone tends to make some drastic aesthetic changes every 2 years. In any case, I think both devices have their pros and cons. They are both great, premium, devices.

I would think about going iPhone if I didn't customize the **** out of my s3

Custom Rom

An app which emails me when I miss a call on my phone (I LOVE this). When have you left your phone in a pocket or in your car only to realize it 3 hours after the fact and after you missed 1 call. This would send you an email and if you are next to your computer you would get a "Missed call" email, and wonder .... "Wait... where is my phone?" Its happened to me with that app a bunch of times already, once when the phone was sitting next to me on the couch muted! Highly recommend

Launcher 8 (Yes I use a windows phone 8 launcher as my primary launcher) Never said I had anything against tiles on touch, just that it sucks sweaty ball sacks on a desktop system

Full Screen Caller ID
3rd Party SMS App

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hahaha, are those 64-bit performance scores (whether you need it or not) calling you? Geeks simply can't resist ... I thought about it, but my iPhone 5 is running iOS 7 and my apps just fine. If iOS 7 had a bit more too it, maybe, but as it should be, the coded feels more optimized than iOS 6. And yeah, they copied lots of Modern UI feel, and added an Apple touch. It's all good. The 5s is selling like hotcakes, mostly upgrades, but still...

Same camera, same screen size, same design. In other words: same old ****. How will people even know I have an iPhone 5s?

AsherGZ said,
Same camera, same screen size, same design. In other words: same old ****. How will people even know I have an iPhone 5s?

Not the same camera, not the same design. And you mean that these points are the only things that matter? How can people state such annoyingly stupid things, it's unbelievable.

Jundor said,

Not the same camera, not the same design. And you mean that these points are the only things that matter? How can people state such annoyingly stupid things, it's unbelievable.

What else is there that'd make you want to spend $800 again if you already own an iPhone 5? And don't say 64bit processor or gimmicky figerprint scanner.

I have an lumia 1020 BUT you are wrong on your points. The 5s camera is not the same. its a lower f-stop, a bigger size sensor but kept 8 mega pixels and takes slow motion movies now also.

They also added the fingerprint reader.

Remember apple targets their phones towards making non tech people lives easier. Adding a finger print reader will do just that.

AsherGZ said,
Same camera, same screen size, same design. In other words: same old ****. How will people even know I have an iPhone 5s?

LOL people only want to see a big pretty screen, they don't care what model phone you have... unfortunately, iphones are stuck with their tiny screens still.

AsherGZ said,

What else is there that'd make you want to spend $800 again if you already own an iPhone 5? And don't say 64bit processor or gimmicky figerprint scanner.

I wasn't aware that only iPhone 5 users were the ones upgrading. I would have thought it'd be the 4S and older users... Damned 2 year contracts and all.

AsherGZ said,

What else is there that'd make you want to spend $800 again if you already own an iPhone 5? And don't say 64bit processor or gimmicky figerprint scanner.

Maybe not the 64bit processor but the fingerprint scanner is a nice addon. Works really well and is more secure than passwords.

AsherGZ said,

What else is there that'd make you want to spend $800 again if you already own an iPhone 5? And don't say 64bit processor or gimmicky figerprint scanner.

As if everyone HAS to upgrade. Why do you state such weird things. I'm still using my 3-year old phone that still runs fine. It would be a great upgrade, and especially the speed and finger-print scanner (unlocking phone AND buying apps without typing the password). Still undecided whether I will ditch my current phone though.

majortom1981 said,
I have an lumia 1020 BUT you are wrong on your points. The 5s camera is not the same. its a lower f-stop, a bigger size sensor but kept 8 mega pixels and takes slow motion movies now also.

They also added the fingerprint reader.

Remember apple targets their phones towards making non tech people lives easier. Adding a finger print reader will do just that.

Slow motion movies isn't a feature of the 'camera', as long as the data comes from the sensor, at higher than 30fps, this is done in software. (Unless I am really mistaken.)

Nokia has a Slow Motion feature (it may still be in testing.)

The Nokia N8 had a slow motion feature and could do at least 600fps. (Which is quite a bit more than 120fps that Apple is offering.)

A side note, a good video editing software can 'interpolate' frames and create slow motion video as well, sometimes better than lower end devices can that have trouble getting the 'data/light' at a higher frame rate.

"Apple's first shipments of the 5s won't be enough to meet demand today"
Too right, my local Apple store didn't have any...or they'd all been allocated to people in the 200m queue outside.
I've had to order online instead.

There really is no reason to be selling a model with only 16GB of storage. The only reason they do it is to get people to spend extra on the 32GB version. It's ridiculous that Apple is charging £80 / $100 for an extra 16GB of storage.

theyarecomingforyou said,
There really is no reason to be selling a model with only 16GB of storage. The only reason they do it is to get people to spend extra on the 32GB version. It's ridiculous that Apple is charging £80 / $100 for an extra 16GB of storage.

I disagree. I bought my Nexus 4 with only 8GB of storage. I install very few apps, and stream most content I need only caching a few bits. There's plenty of people who don't need 32GB of memory and beyond.

I'm not saying that everyone needs that much storage, it's just there's no cost advantage for Apple to provide so little storage. Most people also don't need 64-bit processors or quad-core CPUs in their phones but they're still crucial selling points.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Most people also don't need 64-bit processors or quad-core CPUs in their phones but they're still crucial selling points.

That's a very fair point, well made

majortom1981 said,
Thewre is a cost advantage to apple . More profit The cheaper it is to manufacture their $199 phone the more profit from each phone they get.

I'm not convinced there is a cost difference any more, as you often find that economies of scale make it as cheap, if not cheaper, to produce larger capacities. As I said, I think the only reason that Apple offers such a small amount to incentivise people to pay over the odds for more storage.

I don't see any valid reason for including so little storage on a premium model - it's no different to dropping the CPU clock speed or resolution, yet somehow it is perceived as acceptable.

theyarecomingforyou said,
There really is no reason to be selling a model with only 16GB of storage. The only reason they do it is to get people to spend extra on the 32GB version.

So there's no reason, but there is a reason. I wish you'd make up your mind, because you are confusing the hell out of me.

That is normal, while Apple claims they will start selling a device on X date they usually have a 6-8 weeks delivery time online (at least initially).

Well, there goes your ' They announce and have stock two weeks later' argument. At least when you are not in the US which is basically the main market for Apple and they lag in most any other region.