Getting your hands on an iPhone 5S won’t be an easy task this coming Friday as several reports have indicated that Apple is facing supply constraints due to poor yields of the hyped fingerprint sensor.
Analysts and well-connected tech reviewers will likely have the device in hand so the web won’t be short of reviews and first impressions. For the rest of us, however, the war will be fought in front of Apple stores and other authorized retailers worldwide.
Apple isn’t taking any iPhone 5S pre-orders until this Friday, so be prepared to stand in long lines and have a couple of ice breakers ready so you can chat up the people around you. The around-the-block line for an iPhone on launch has become somewhat of a tradition, and many people standing in line are probably there just to see what all the fuss is about. So maybe it won’t be as bad, but it is still unlikely that everyone will walk away with the golden phone by day’s end.
If you’re in a desperate mood and will do anything for one of the latest iPhones, Apple still has the 5C up for pre-order, and it doesn’t seem like there’s any supply constraint when it comes to plastic.