Apple decided not to offer people a chance to pre-order units of the iPhone 5s before its latest smartphone goes on sale Friday, September 20th. Now we may know why. Online reports are coming in that the first shipments of the phone won't come close to matching the demand that is expected for its launch date.
Boy Genius Report claims, via unnamed sources, that iPhone 5s shipments have been "severely constrained” to its wireless carriers. AllThingsD.com quotes one carrier representative as saying, "We will have grotesquely unavailable inventory." Yes another unnamed carrier rep also said iPhone 5s shipments will be lower than expected but added that there may be less demand for the phone than first thought.
If you had your heart set on getting the cheaper, and plastic, iPhone 5c, those same online reports indicate there should be plenty of those devices to go around when they hit store shelves Friday. Apple has already started pre-orders for the iPhone 5c. However, its stock price went down earlier this week after Apple did not issue its normal press release that stated just how many pre-orders of the iPhone 5c it had received in its first 24 hours.