Well-respected analyst Walter Piecyk from BTIG has compiled the above table that provides a comprehensive look at the currently quoted shipping times from Apple’s Online Store and carrier online stores. While Apple quotes a consistent “October” for shipping, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint get more specific.
The chart breaks down the days depending on device color and storage configurations. Consistently, the Gold models seem to be farthest out for shipping, while the Space Gray units will ship the soonest. While these are quotes for online, it is possible that you could find a new iPhone 5s sooner from a physical Apple Retail store.
However, the carrier stores we’ve spoken to are quoting similarly long wait times until they will be able to receive and allocate an iPhone 5s. In summary, if you want an iPhone 5s for the holiday season, you should act soon.