An earlier Wall Street Journal report, dated Thursday due to time zone differences, said the same thing, as Asian markets, including China and Hong Kong, got their taste of the iPhone 5S and 5C and demand for the devices in time zones far ahead of the United State. Meanwhile, as America awoke on Friday Sept. 20, the demand for the gold iPhone 5S was seen there, too.
For example, at the Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo, Calif., a near fist fight erupted over purported line-jumping. It began, as we witnessed, when a family was booted out of a bathroom they had been hiding in, but were thus put at the front of an already long line outside the mall.
Although many complained, the family kept their places. When a security guard opened the door to the mall, they bolted, running to the Apple Store.
Later, it was discovered the family snapped up all of the gold iPhones that were available -- all five of them. The store only had one AT&T 64GB gold iPhone 5S, and four Verizon 64GB devices in the same color. The family, it was purported, planned to sell the gold iPhones on eBay.
Interestingly enough, once news of the lack of gold iPhones became public knowledge among those in line, the line thinned considerably.
Despite the line-thinning, lines at the Hillsdale Mall -- and elsewhere -- were still long, as consumers queued up to fill their pent-up demand for a new iPhone.
While not yet willing to share actual figures, Apple offered the following statement to AllThingsD:
Demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and we are currently sold out or have limited supply of certain iPhone 5s models in some stores.
How this affects Apple's stock price and the opinion of analysts remains to be seen.