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Supply of the iPhone 5S is finally catching up with demand, spelling an end to mammoth delays that have blighted the phone’s release thus far.

Until recently, online orders placed with UK carriers were subject to wait times of up to four weeks. That applied irrespective of the colour or storage variant you were after.

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However, signs are now abroad that the situation has eased. Just in time for this year's seasonal stampede.

Cursory visits to O2 and EE's sites pledge that orders processed today will be delivered within two working days. That goes for every colourway. Even the massively in-demand gold model.

Meanwhile, Vodafone promises delivery dates of between one to two weeks for grey and silver models. Alas, if you want the gold handset, you’re still looking at a wait of two-four weeks.

Earlier this month reports surfaced that Apple has reallocated resources at key supply partners’ factories in China. This has seen production of the iPhone 5C scaled down and iPhone 5S production increased.

The iPhone 5S was recently named the year’s best smartphone by uSwitch Tech readers, snaring 27.65% of the vote to pip Samsung’s Galaxy S4 to the top spot.

In stark contrast, the iPhone 5C limped to just 2.14%.

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