Sep 20 2013, 8:02am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Apple is in somewhat of a fix. Its iPhone 5S, especially the Gold Version, is up for grabs. But supplies are proving short. The launch of the iPhone 5S began in the United States and Canada. The model is also accessible via the Apple Online Store. Deliveries will take from 7 to 10 days to arrive at the customers’ doorsteps.
The United States is the place where Apple has displayed its 16 Gigabyte iPhone 5S for approximately $200 (on a two year contract). As for the 32 gigabyte and 64 Gigabyte versions, they are currently selling for $300 and $400 in the Land of Opportunity. T-Mobile offers the iPhone 5S for about $100 with 24 installments of nearly $29 per month.
Meanwhile, an unfettered GSM version is available for $650, $750 and $850 for its 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB varieties respectively. The iPhone 5S comes in hues ranging from Space Gray and Silver to the much-demanded Gold Version. Queues have formed outside Apple retail stores around the country.
Due to the excess demand for its Gold iPhone 5S, Apple has requested its manufacturers to step up production by a third. WSJ reports, "Apple has asked its suppliers to increase production of the gold-colored iPhone 5S by an additional one-third after seeing strong demand, people familiar with the situation said. It isn’t clear whether there are currently supply constraints manufacturing the new iPhone." Supply problems have plagued Apple and the leadership at the top is doing what it can to fulfill the requirements of its customers who just can’t get enough of the smart phones.
There were many who wanted to buy the Gold Version of the iPhone 5S but were disappointed when they got a message online that it was currently out of stock. Such shortage spells trouble in the short term. Nevertheless, such a large firm as Apple will not face any hassles creating new batches of the iPhone 5S for eager customers.
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