Before you buy an Apple product online, it is normal that you wonder how long it will take to have it in your home. But that’s especially important if you’re planning to gift an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, or any other device this Christmas.
In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know about Apple’s delivery dates during the Christmas holidays, as well as general information about Apple’s shipments, whether it’s the sites it ships to or of the service used by the company.
What are Apple’s delivery times?
Most products you buy from Apple’s website take between 1 and 3 days to arrive at the customer’s home. However, there are times when it can take much longer (especially when a device is new), or happen even earlier.
Until what day do you have to buy an Apple product so that it arrives before Christmas?
If you want to gift an Apple product this holiday season, you need to make sure the order arrives on time. Below you can see when is the last day you can buy an Apple device to come home for Christmas.
iPhone: Unless you want the iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max, if you buy a new iPhone from the Apple Store before December 21, you should receive it before Christmas Eve. The last day to order the Pro and Pro Max is December 4th.
Buy an iPhone for Christmas
Apple Watch: On Apple’s website, it says that like the iPhone, the last day to buy a new Apple Watch is December 21. However, when checking the delivery dates, they appear the following year.
Buy an Apple Watch for Christmas
iPad: Unfortunately, the deadline to order an iPad model in time to have it in the house for Christmas has passed.
Buy an iPad for after Christmas
Mac: The last day of buying a Mac or MacBook and having it for Christmas has also passed.
Buy a Mac for after Christmas
AirPods: As long as you buy the AirPods or AirPods Pro before December 21st, you should receive them on time. Of course, it will take a little longer to receive the new AirPods Max, with delivery times between 12 and 14 weeks.
Buy AirPods for Christmas
HomePod: If you want the new HomePod mini for Christmas, today isn’t your lucky day, as it won’t arrive until late January or early February. But if you’re happy with the standard HomePod, you can order it before December 21, and it’ll arrive around Christmas.
Buy a HomePod for Christmas
Apple TV: Order your new Apple TV before December 21 and you’ll have it right in time for Christmas.
Buy an Apple TV for Christmas
Ipod touch: In the case of the iPod (yes, you can still buy one), you have to order it before this Friday December 18th to receive it on time.
Buy an iPod touch for Christmas
Once you receive it, if you think it’s not what you wanted (or if the person you’re giving it to doesn’t like it), don’t worry. Check out our article on how to return Apple products.
Does Apple offer same day delivery?
In Europe, Apple offers same day delivery for certain items and within certain postal codes. These deliveries are made within two hours and are chargeable. In Mexico, this option is not available.
Apple also offers free next day delivery. Obviously, this is only available for products in stock and as long as you place your order before 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If any of these options are available in your region, you will see them when you check out. You can also pick up your order at your nearest Apple Store, which will likely save you time.
Does Apple ship to other countries?
You can buy Apple products for your friends or family who live in another country as long as it has an official Apple Store. You will just need to visit the local website and place the order as you would on your country’s website.
If you want to buy an Apple Gift for someone who is in a country where there is no local Apple Store, you will need to remove other stores online that offer the possibility of international shipping, as is the case with Amazon.
Which company does Apple shipments?
It depends. In Europe, for example, all orders under 40 $ are sent by ordinary mail, in which case there is no need to sign, but you also will not be able to track the shipment.
On the other hand, all orders over 40 $ (surely they will be the majority, since there are few products under 40 $ at Apple) are shipped by courier (like SEUR). In this case, you will need to sign when you receive it and you can follow up.
Does Apple ship to PO Boxes?
Apple does not deliver to PO Boxes, but you can pick up your order online at an Apple Authorized Collection Point, such as a newsstand, supermarket, or of course an Apple Store.
Now it is true that, if the courier does not find you at your place when the order is brought, you can always pick it up at your post office (or arrange a new delivery for a day when you are at home) .