Cleveland resident Jesse Poteet woke at 2:50 a.m. Friday to order the new iPhone 5s.
"The rumors were suggesting short supply, so I preordered on Best Buy's website as a fail-safe," he said via email.
But after ordering he found out that his local AT&T store had two phones left. So he got one of those and canceled his Best Buy order.
The latest incarnation of the iPhone went on sale today, and by Friday afternoon, there were already reports that consumers who want a specific color might have to wait weeks.
Employees at Chattanooga's Mac Authority Store were busy Friday fielding calls and questions about the release. And one employee said the store didn't get a large supply of phones.
Only consumers with AT&T plans can get an iPhone through Mac Authority.
Before getting the new phone, Poteet had a white AT&T 16-gigabit iPhone 4s. He typically upgrades every two years, and he usually waits for the "S" model, he said. That gives Apple a year to modify and improve each new model, he said.
"Since I'm coming from a 4s, I was really looking forward to the thinner-form factor and the extra home screen app icon row," he said. "Obviously, I'm excited to see how well the fingerprint sensor works, and I'm very excited about the camera upgrades. Also, I had a 16GB and now I [have] 32GB, so I welcome the added space."
As he expected, he said he loves the new version.
"I love the light weight and the way it just fits in my hand," he said. "[It] makes my 4S seem like a bulky brick."
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