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Apple issued a press release to remind the world that there are new iPhones arriving this Friday, while the latest flagship iPhone 5s appears to have sold out almost immediately after preorders launch early in China.
9to5Mac reported Tuesday that the iPhone 5s may be in short supply come this Friday, Sept. 20, if preorders in China and Hong Kong are any indication.
Within minutes of opening reservations for the handset earlier today, almost all of the available iPhone 5s models came back as "unavailable," with only the 16GB "space grey" still available in either contract or unlocked versions.
Analysts have been predicting for some time that launch weekend supply of the iPhone 5s could be constricted due to manufacturing yield problems with the Touch ID sensor, and the quick sellout in China and Hong Kong suggests that may indeed be the case.
If Apple knows for sure, they certainly aren't telling, instead issuing a press release today to remind the world that both the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s will go on sale this Friday, with orders from its online store available at 12:01 AM PDT and retail stores opening their doors at 8 AM local time.
In addition to the United States, the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK, while China and Hong Kong had their first crack at the devices this morning using a reservation system for pickup on Friday.
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