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Apple posts last shipping dates for Christmas gift buyers, get your iPad orders in soon!

If you're buying a gift for a loved one – or even just for yourself – this Christmas from Apple, then you'll be interested to know that the last shipping dates have been posted. The good news is you've got up until December 22 for those really last minute purchases on some products, but if you're moving for a new iPad in particular then you need to move fast.

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Apple now offering free next day shipping on all iPhone models in the U.S.

Apple has launched a new promotion to entice would be iPhone buyers by offering them free next day shipping. The new promotion ony appears to be available in the U.S. Apple Store and no where else. The offer covers all models of iPhone from the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and the latest iPhone 5 models.

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Here they come: iPad mini shipping notifications out ahead of tomorrow's delivery

Here they come, folks! If you're just waking up, check your e-mail for a tracking number from Apple, as the iPads mini are on the road, scheduled for delivery tomorrow. (Our actually started its trek in China on Oct. 28, but as is sometimes the case it keep its movement secret until now.)

Just a day to go. And if you're still on the fence about picking one up, be sure to check out our iPad mini Buyer's Guide.

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Aluminum choice being blamed for delays with iPhone 5 availability

The decision to go with aluminum in the latest iPhone 5 is now being blamed for the poor availability and shipping times. The iPhone 5 has been on sale for just over two weeks now and Apple is still quoting availability for new devices at the time of writing of 3-4 weeks. According to a report by Bloomberg, the reason for the slow availability is all down to quality control problems with the aluminum used in the banding around the iPhone 5 and the back cover.

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Apple begins to ship initial orders for the new iPad

ooks like some of the iMore staff, readers, and forum members are already getting shipment notifications from Apple for the new iPad's they ordered on event day, March 7.

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Apple TV shipping estimate slips to 1-2 weeks

Bad news if you are planning on pre-ordering the new Apple TV for delivery on March 16. The shipping estimate has slipped to a rather vague 1-2 week instead of the original guaranteed delivery on March 16.

Apple announced the new Apple TV at its media event yesterday along with the new iPad. The new Apple TV now offers 1080p video playback, iTunes Movies in the cloud and also comes with a revamped user interface. It looks like it is going to be a very popular upgrade!

Source: Apple Store

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Apple Store offering free next-day shipping for last minute shoppers

The Apple Store is looking to help you out with any last minute holiday shopping by offering free next day delivery on a huge range of products. Some of the items covered are the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Apple TV and some Mac models. Unfortunately the iPhone 4S is not included.

In order to qualify for free next day shipping, you must have your order completed by today, December 21, and not request any custom configurations or engraving; it's now too late for that!

Not sure what to get? Check out our 2011 holiday gift guides for loads of ideas.

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iPad 2 finally shipping in 24hrs

Looks like Apple has finally gotten their iPad 2 supply in balance with demand -- the online Apple Store is now shipping in 24hrs.

Apple's Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook, recently said iPad manufacturing yields improved dramatically in the last quarter, and would improve again in July.

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iPad online availability drops to 1-2 weeks

Apple online in the US, Canada, UK and other countries now claim iPad 2 shipping estimates of only 1-2 weeks. This is better than the previous 2-3 weeks and a far cry from the 3-5 week wait times listed shortly after launch.

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US online iPad orders now shipping in 3-4 weeks, in-store supplies low

After shipping almost immediately, then in a matter of days, then a week, Apple has again update their [iPad 2](] ordering page -- this time to 3-4 weeks. Many of you have told us that iPad 2 was selling out at Apple stores and other retailers yesterday as well. Sounds like supplies really might have been constrained again this year.

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