Apple has updated its Online store with holiday shipping deadlines. You can now see the shipping deadlines for Macs, iPads, iPhones, iPod and other accessories for delivery by December 24. To make sure you get the Christmas gift before the holidays end, place your order following the timeline specified by Apple.
If you intend to get an iPad Air this holiday season, make sure to order the tablet latest by December 9 and it will will deliver to your doorstep by 24. Unlike iPad Air, Retina iPad Mini has been facing some stock issues. Ensure to order the tablet by December 5 to get the delivery by 24th this month.
For Apple's Mac models, order before December 18 in case of standard models; for custom Apple gives us the date of December 16.
Apple's latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5s can be ordered on Apple's online store latest by December 12 to get ensured holiday delivery. On the other hand, iPhone 5c and iPhone 4s can be ordered by December 18.
Apple has also promised to offer its consumers free delivery for all the orders through December 22 and later in the month. Usually there is a $50 minimum purchase requirement for free shipping.
Here is the text from Apple:
Gift cards can be sent via 2-3 day shipping or Next Day Shipping by selecting the 2-3 day shipping or Next Day Shipping method and paying the additional charge.
iPhoto Print Products are not available for free shipping.
Next day shipping is not available on engraved iPads and iPods, custom Macs, iPad mini with Retina display and iPhone 5s.