Gold iPhones in Short Supply

The iPhone 5C and 5S go on sale today with the gold 5s in short supply, reports The Verge.

It took less than 30 minutes for the gold 5S to slip to an October wait in the US. The gold iPhone 5S is now listed with an “October” shipping date in the US, UK, and Australia online stores, while all the other colors currently have one-to-three and seven-to-ten day delivery estimates.

In the US, Sprint is offering the iPhone 5C for free to new customers, while Walmart and Target are knocking its price down to around $79.

Forbes reports the latest version of the iPhone’s operating system currently offers a hole in its old-fashioned passcode lockscreen. Anyone can exploit the bug by swiping up on the lockscreen to access the phone’s “control center,” and then opening the alarm clock.

IFixIt has a teardown of the 5s. They rate repairability 6 out of 10 (with 10 easiest to repair). That’s slightly more difficult to take apart than its predecessor, due to the Touch ID sensor’s short connector cable.

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