In the last hour all European online Apple stores have gone offline in preparation for the iPhone 5s launch here. Visitors to Apple’s European online stores, like the UK store, are now greeted with the familiar “We’ll be back” message. However, the wait will soon be over because at midnight local time those stores are set to go online and (presumably) sell out of Apple’s latest flagship iPhone in minutes.
Apple began accepting preorders for the cheaper iPhone 5C last Friday; however the iPhone 5S was not given the same treatment. The flagship smartphone will be available on Friday, September 20, and, according to some reports, it may be harder to get your hands on one than in previous years.
It has been suggested that Apple is having a difficult time keeping up with the anticipated demand for the iPhone 5S, which is said to be the reason why the company did not accept preorders.
With the iPhone 5S expected to be in short supply, lines have already begun to form at Apple Stores around the world, but there is no need to panic.