What you need to know
- Apple is offering free two-hour delivery on some orders.
- iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches are available.
- Buyers need to live in a "metro area" and not use financing or bank transfer as payment.
Apple is offering shoppers the chance to get last-minute Christmas gifts in double-quick time via a free-two-hour delivery offer. Buyers can pick up a new Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch and have their order delivered to them for free so long as they happen to live in "most metro areas."
The move, which mimics one Apple has been making for the last couple of years, means that people won't need to head into an Apple Store to get that Christmas gift. That's a big deal at a time where the COVID-19 pandemic means people are likely less keen to make a trip to a mall.
There are, as ever, caveats. While you can buy an iPhone 13, for example, anyone wanting something like an AirTag is out of luck. Only specific products are included as part of this offer and even then, only if you live in the right part of the country. For obvious reasons, things like engraving aren't possible and you're limited in how you can pay. Apple says that the offer is not available for certain order types including orders paid for with financing or by bank transfer.
If you're good with all that, this might just be the best iPhone buying experience yet. Just place an order and your new iPhone will be with you more quickly than anything Amazon can manage — and you can do it all from the Apple website or via the Apple Store iPhone and iPad app, too.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.