Apple has stopped advertising 24-hour dispatch for products sold through some international online stores. Many of the Cupertino company’s popular products offered 24-hour dispatch providing they were in stock, but in some markets that’s now been increased to 1-2 business days.
That’s not a massive difference if you place your order on a weekday. But if you order on a Friday or Saturday, or before a public holiday, then 1-2 business days could mean a fairly lengthy wait. Friday orders, for instance, could be dispatched as late as Tuesday.
It appears the change applies to most of Apple’s product lines, including Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and accessories. Not all international stores are affected, but those that are include Canada, the U.K., and Ireland.
It’s unclear why Apple has made this change, but AppleBitch, which first spotted it, suspects it may have something to do with a new policy implemented in some international stores — or simply Apple’s inability to guarantee 24-hour dispatch times.