Shipping times for the iPhone 5s have been pushed back to October for the gold model, and there is now a 7-to-10-day wait period for the silver and gray models. Apple told AllThingsD that "demand for the new iPhones has been incredible," and they are limiting "supply of certain iPhone 5s models in some stores."
Sources at multiple U.S. carriers previously told AllThingsD that inventory for the new iPhone was "grotesquely unavailable" before its launch on Friday. We won't know for sure if demand is actually high, or if supply is just limited, until Monday after Apple releases its official sales report.
Two major retailers, Target and Walmart, have both announced a $20 discount off the on contract price of the 16GB iPhone 5c model when purchased either online or in person at their in-store mobile centers. The phone, priced at $99, drops to $79 with the mark down. Target is offering an additional 5% off if you purchase the phone with your Target REDcard. All other models remain at their original prices.
As far as the iPhone 5s is concerned, Walmart has dropped the price of that 16GB version down $10, from $199 to $189. Not a significant savings, but it’s still ten extra bucks in your pocket. Target, however, is staying with the original $199 sticker price.
The next-generation iPhones go on sale at Apple.com tomorrow at 12:01 a.m. PST, and at local Apple stores at 8 a.m., but unfortunately not everyone is eligible for an upgrade through their mobile provider. AT&T and Verizon Wireless early termination fees range between $325-350, making it expensive to upgrade to a new device every year. However, there is a way you can terminate your contract and still have a little extra cash to put towards a new iPhone 5s.
While there are many mobile phone trade in services, the best we have found is through Nextworth.com. NextWorth is currently offering around $300 or higher for used iPhones in working condition. For example, if you're one year into your AT&T contract your early termination fee will be $325 minus $10 for every month you've completed. If you trade in your your 32GB iPhone 5 to NextWorth for $317, you can pay off your $205 early termination fee and you'll still have around $112 left over to put towards a new iPhone 5s. The same deal also applies to Verizon Wireless users, but you'll have a little less extra cash on hand since their ETF is higher than AT&T's. This means you can potentially nab a 16GB iPhone 5s for around $90 or a 32GB model for around $190.
Apple fans who were disappointed with Apple for not releasing a true "low budget" iPhone can now get the next best thing -- the Goophone i5C! The Android device looks a lot like Apple's “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5c, and it even features an iOS 7-like interface.
The only specs the Goophone i5C has in common with the iPhone 5c is a 4-inch screen, but it doesn't feature the same "Retina display" as the Apple handset. The i5C is powered by MediaTek’s dual-core 1.3GHz MT6572 processor, and it ships with Android 4.2, a 5MP camera and 512MB of RAM.
Apple's next-generation iPhones are almost here, and you're going to want a new case to compliment and protect your shiny new iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s when it arrives. Thankfully there are a lot of options to choose from, starting with Apple's own official line of next-generation cases. Here are a few examples of third party cases, skins and screen protectors in case Apple's "Connect Four-look" isn't what you had in mind.
This is the first time the iPhone is being offered in more than two colors, so why cover it up? Griffin Technology has just launched its new Survivor Clear for the iPhone 5c. The see-through case not only allows you to show off your colorful new iPhone, but it guards against drops and bumps thanks to its clear polycarbonate shell and TPE rubber edges. Griffin also claims that the Survivor Clear will protect your device even if you drop it on "hard pavement". The Survivor Clear for the iPhone 5c is available for $30.
All four major U.S. carriers are now accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5c. You can pre-order the colorful handset from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint or Apple for $99 (16GB) and $199 (32GB). T-Mobile is also accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5c through T-Mobile.com. The 16GB model is zero dollars down, plus 24 monthly payments of $22. The 32GB model is $99 down, plus 24 monthly payments of $22.91. The iPhone 5c is also launching in ten other countries today, and international carriers like Rogers in Canada have already started taking "reservations" for the new phone.
The iPhone 5c is available in green, white, yellow, red and blue. It is powered by Apple's A6 chip and boasts an 8MP iSight camera and 4-inch Retina display. It is also LTE capable and includes all of Apple's popular features like Siri and FaceTime.
T-Mobile has officially announced its pricing plans for Apple's next-generation devices. The carrier will begin accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5c on September 13, 2013 through T-Mobile.com for zero dollars down, plus 24 monthly installments of $22. That makes the T-Mobile model $21 less than Apple's off-contract iPhone 5c price of $549
The iPhone 5s will be available on September 20, 2013 for $99 down, plus 24 monthly payments of $22.91 for a total of $648.84. That's around the same price as Apple's contract free model. AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint will be offering the same 16GB model for $199 with a two year contract, and the 16GB iPhone 5c will cost you $99 through those same carriers.
The iPhone 5c features the same 4-inch (diagonal) Retina display with 1136 x 640 resolution and 326 ppi (pixels per inch) as the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5c display has an aspect ratio of 16:9.
Walmart has announced that it will offer the 16GB iPhone 5c for $79 and the 16GB iPhone 5s for $189. $20 is a pretty substantial discount for a new Apple product, and the $79 price point makes the iPhone 5c actually sound affordable. Both deals require that you sign a new two year contract with either AT&T, Verizon Wireless or Sprint, and are in-store only. You may want to call ahead to verify prices and availability before heading down to your local Walmart, in case they sell out.
Apple will begin accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5c on September 13, 2013. The plastic iPhone will be available in lime green, white, yellow, red and blue starting at $99 for the 16GB model, and $199 for the 32GB model. Apple is not accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5s. It will be available in space gray, silver and gold at your local Apple store starting at 8:00 a.m. on September 20.
Although the iPhone 5c will be available for as little as $99 with a 2 year contract, many consumers will be looking to upgrade without renewing their contract.
For more information on contract vs. non-contract (or off contract) pricing, visit our FAQ entitled How Much Does the iPhone 5c Cost?.