The iPhone 5s launch has been another example of demand outpacing supply. Walking into an Apple store and leaving with the latest iPhone is easier said than done. Checking Apple's website to see if the device is in stock at multiple stores can be tedious. According to the latest estimates from Apple, ordering online means shipping will take place sometime in October, which could mean up to 28 days from now.
Now thanks to developer Mordy Tikotzky there's a handy tool named iPhone-Check that does all of the hard work for you. Simply enter a zip code along with the specific configuration you're looking for and voilà, the latest in-stock data from Apple's website is listed for the closest 20 Apple locations.
As you might have guessed, a red box with an X means no dice. Green check marks mean that particular model can be reserved, then picked up at the Apple retail location in your area. Reservations are made through Apple's official website for in-store pickup. Currently there seems to be a shortage of the gold iPhone 5s in particular, although other models are also hard to come by.
The iPhone 5s comes in three colors: gold, space gray and silver. Even though space gray differs from last year's slate model, gold is the new color that has everyone talking. Kits have even surfaced to convert existing iPhones to gold. Apple customers must choose between 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage in addition to selecting a wireless carrier.