As opposed to the iPhone 5c, consumers were unable to place preorders for the iPhone 5s. The ostensible reason being that supply will be very constrained initially. As we've noted earlier, this is likely due to what are rumored to be low yields on the iPhone 5s' fingerpring authorization sensor. While yields have reportedly improved, the pool of iPhone 5s devices at launch will be relatively small.
That being the case, 9to5Mac is reporting that Gold and Silver models of the iPhone 5s will be even harder to find. A number of retail outlets 9to5Mac spoke to indicated that initial shipments of the iPhone 5s are very "space gray" heavy.
Every carrier source we’ve talked to and every U.S. retail outlet we’ve heard from has told us that they are only getting in Space Grey iPhone 5s devices for sale. That’s not to say some stock might arrive late tonight and throughout the day tomorrow.
Further up the line, we’re hearing that a few white/silver and even fewer gold iPhone 5s deliveries are trickling in the warehouses but hardly enough for wide dispersal by retail stores. Perhaps a few high-profile flagship stores will have stock on hand but as we’ve been told by one retailer, ordering online maybe the best way to go:
Indeed, with pre-orders for the iPhone 5s opening up at midnight, that's probably your best bet to get an iPhone 5s before the inevitable reports of shortages emerge.