Unless you were among the first to pre-order the iPhone 5, you may have to choose between standing in line at a real-life store next Friday or waiting a couple weeks: the huge volume of orders that crashed Apple’s store (along with Sprint’s and AT&T’s) has already exhausted the first round of available units.
Apple sold out its initial supply in less than an hour. That’s pretty impressive, especially compared with the 22 hours the iPhone 4S took to sell out.
Pre-orders from AT&T also show up as delayed, by a week or two depending on options. Verizon presently lists all models as delayed by a week. At Sprint, only the 16GB model is currently delayed. [NOTE: These are at-time-of-publication figures, and they might change.]