Published: Sep 22, 2012 2:21 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 23, 2012 6:31 AM EDT

It was possible to walk into a store Saturday and buy an iPhone 5. But it took some hunting.

Some stores reported having Apple's newest phone available for walk-up customers. But a random check of about a dozen stores indicated that most were sold out.

A Verizon store in New York City said the phone was available. A Sprint store in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn., said all but the most expensive 64 gigabyte iPhone 5s were sold out.

The iPhone 5 went on sale Friday. Apple's website said phones bought online would ship in three to four weeks. Verizon's website said they would ship by Oct. 19.

Apple and the phone companies haven't provided sales figures from the first day. Apple is expected to announce early results Monday.