Just as reports come in saying the iPhone 5s is harder to find in the U.S. a new tool promises to constantly monitor local Apple Stores nearby for the specific iPhone 5s you want and email you when it is in stock and ready to buy.
The iPhone 5s email alerts tool is a new version of the iPhone 5s Checker, which helped several Gotta Be Mobile readers find and reserve an iPhone 5s for in store pickup earlier this month. Instead of checking back on a daily basis to find an iPhone 5s in stock at a local Apple Store you can now sign up for email alerts.
Simply head to the iPhone 5s Availability Checker, enter your zipcode, iPhone 5s color, size and carrier as well as your email address and you will receive an alert when the iPhone 5s you want is in stock. This tool scrapes the same data that Apples shows on the iPhone 5s order page so it’s the best way to look for the iPhone 5s in a local store. Use your phone’s email address to get text alerts.
For faster alerts it may be worth using your phone’s text email address. On Verizon use your phone number @vtext.com to get the emails sent to your phone as a text message. AT&T offers this service with your phone number @txt.att.net. Sprint is your phone number @messaging.sprintpcs.com and T-Mobile is your phone number @tmomail.net. Send a test email to make sure you are up and running then use this for the fastest alert when an iPhone 5s is in stock at a local Apple Store.
While shipping times for the iPhone 5s are in October for most colors, the gold iPhone 5s remains hard to find as carriers offer gold iPhone 5s delivery in November at the earliest. One local Apple Store tells Gotta Be Mobile that it continues to receive gold iPhone 5s units in for sale, but the units are typically 32GB or 64GB models that sell out quickly. With this tool, users can create an automatic alert for a gold iPhone 5s and then reserve it online to pick up within a few hours or a few days, depending how far away the Apple Store is. The standalone iPhone 5s Checker tool searches Apple stores within a large area, reaching from Ohio to Chicago in one of our searches.
According to a new note from analyst Gene Munster, shared on Cnet, the iPhone 5s supply for the U.S. dropped dramatically with only 40% of Apple Stores polled offering at least one iPhone 5s model for sale that day. The shortages may be tied to Apple’s ambitious plan to release the iPhone 5s in 50 more countries later this month.