The Times of India is reporting this morning that Apple has completely sold out of iPhone 5s stock in India within the first 24 hours of its launch. Both the 5s and the iPhone 5c went on sale in the country on November 1.
"NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: The rush for the latest iPhones, which were launched in India on November 1, has seen the costlier iPhone 5Smodel sold out across the country and retailers asking Apple for emergency replenishments, which are expected in the next two days, some of them said.
…Reliance Communications and Bharti Airtel, along with major retail chains, have sought additional stocks, but the Diwali weekend has delayed re-stocking efforts. Top multi-brand cellphone and electronic retail chains such as The MobileStore, PlanetM, UniverCell and Future Group say their iPhone 5S stocks are over but that they still have iPhone 5C phones."
It's worth noting that India didn't get much 5s inventory to begin with—trades estimate that Apple only sent 30,000 units to the country. Several retailers, however, say that they still have plenty iPhone 5c inventory available.
While the official launch was slated for 5pm local time, by early afternoon, customers were seen lining up at stores in Bangalore and other locations. By the evening, the queues had grown longer, with hundreds waiting to get their hands on Apple's latest phones at a mall in Delhi.
When the counters did open, as expected, the iPhone 5s Gold was in most demand, with unofficial reports claiming that most locations sold all their quota of Gold iPhone 5s within the hour at most stores across the country.
Harsh Sharma, one of the lucky few who managed to get their hands on the Gold iPhone 5s at the Delhi store, couldn't hide his delight at having completed his purchase. Sharma, a consultant by profession, said the phone was a Dhanteras gift for his wife. He said he'd been waiting in the line since 11am, and finally received the phone around 6pm.
While Apple did not share any official trends or sales numbers, it seemed the iPhone 5s was in a lot more demand than the iPhone 5c, in line with what was seen in other markets. However, the colourful iPhone had its takers too; one of them MBA-aspirant Amit, who said he picked a Green iPhone 5c because he loved the colour.
iPhone 5s comes with the Apple-designed A7 64-bit chip, all-new 8 megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash and Touch ID fingerprint sensor. iPhone 5c features an all-new design, comes in multiple colours and packs internals almost identical to the iPhone 5.
iPhone 5s will be available for Rs. 53,500 for the 16GB model, Rs. 62,500 for the 32GB model and Rs. 71,500 for the 64GB model. iPhone 5c will be available for Rs. 41,900 for the 16GB model and Rs. 53,500 for the 32GB model. All prices are inclusive of all taxes.
Mobile operator Reliance Communications has announced special plans where users can own the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c for zero upfront cost by signing a two-year contract.