Apple iPhone 5s and 5c go on sale with limited availability

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The gold version of the more expensive iPhone 5s is selling out quickest, while O2 has told customers they cannot pick up a 5s in store today

Apple’s iPhone 5s and 5c smartphones go on sale in the UK today (September 20), with stock of the more expensive model 5s, particularly in gold, limited.

The iPhone 5s, which was not available to preorder like its cheaper sibling, comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions and costs £549, £629 and £709 respectively. It comes in grey, silver and – for the first time – gold.

The iPhone 5c, costs £469 for the 16GB model and £549 for the 32GB model, and comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white.

O2 is listing both models as in stock if purchased online and over the phone. However, customers are only able to order the iPhone 5s in store to pick up at a later date, due to demand outstripping supply.

The operator told customers: “Everyone loves a new iPhone, so demand always outweighs supply. Because of this, you can order your iPhone 5s in store on launch day and collect it at a later date – you won’t be able to take one home straight away.”

Vodafone has sold out of the iPhone 5s 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models in gold online, although grey and silver equivalents are still available.

Three is listing all variants of the iPhone 5s as in stock, although delivery times vary. If ordered today, grey versions of the smartphone are expected to arrive on Monday (September 23) but the gold and silver versions have an estimated delivery date of Friday October 18.

Similarly, customers ordering the iPhone 5s from EE online have been advised to allow 28 days for delivery, while those opting for the iPhone 5c will get it much sooner.

Meanwhile, creator Apple is not dispatching orders of the iPhone 5s until October, according to the company’s website.

Customers who have purchased the iPhone 5c directly from Apple should expect to receive it within one to three working days.

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