Shipping Times Through Apple’s Online Store Rise Mysteriously… New Products Incoming?



Dying to get your hands on an iPad 2 before the weekend? Don’t order one from the Apple online store, then, because a whole host of Apple’s gadgets have had their shipping times mysteriously extended.

The changes are apparent in both the U.S. and European online stores today, though they were initially noticed in the European store last night, according to MacRumors.

When shipping times are extended from Apple’s online store, it’s traditionally a sign that product refreshes are on the way, however, a large number of products are concerned here, some of which were only refreshed within the last few months.

Current shipping times for the U.S. store, courtesy of MacRumors, are as follows:

– iPhone 4: 1-3 business days
– iPad 2: 2-3 weeks
– iPod touch: 3-5 days (8 GB and 32 GB), 1-3 days (64 GB)
– iPod nano: 3-5 days
– iPod shuffle: 1-2 weeks
– iPod classic: 1-3 days
– Apple TV: 3-5 days

– MacBook Air: 3-5 days
– MacBook Pro: 3-5 days for all models except low-end 13-inch, which remains at 24 hours
– iMac: 3-5 days
– Mac Pro: 3-5 days for all models except 12-core, which is at 2-4 day

Only the Mac mini seems to have maintained a 24-hour shipping period — which is what you’d usually expect when ordering from Apple online. While shipping estimates often fluctuate for different products, especially those in high demand, it’s very unusual for them to increase for such a large number of different items.

Have you had any problems with a recent order? Let us know in the comments.

  • James Allen Matney

    School just started back for a lot of college students, so that means financial aid and refunds. Maybe a whole lotta students are taking a bite of the apple this semester :)

  • CharliK

    That’s what I was thinking. 

    Apple is the type that would raise shipping prices and then surprise folks when it doesn’t take that long rather than leave them and risk pissy customers when they have to tell them that their product is going to take a little longer. Hell there might be a law that says if they claim X time and can’t deliver that’s false advertising. So the change protects them. 

    Also, I found out from a friend that the Mac Mini was not included in the back to school promo, which might be why it is still at 24 hours (neither is the Pro, but it is due for a thunderbolt upgrade so it could be in sell down)

  • Bull Wai

    In Hong Kong, many BTS orders are being deliveried in this few weeks. The supply of Apple’s goods may be short.

  • guest

    I chatted with an apple store sales rep, he said their store is having problems and is being worked on

  • guest

    not a supply problem, the back end inventory system was upgraded last weekend and it dod not go well

  • Rod

    I believe this is related to the production of the upcoming iphone 5. We all know that the production line is at full speed for the iphone 5, with that,  they may cut back on the production of other iproducts in favor of more resources working on the new iphone – thus controlling the other product availability accordingly.

  • TylerHoj

    I think it’s a given that Apple’s going to be massively re-vamping the entire iOS, and iPod lines. 

  • Andy Link

    I just ordered Snow Leopard from the Apple Store online last week and it’s not scheduled to deliver until “Sep 12–Sep 23.” What gives? They can’t get a (old) DVD to me by mail for 2 weeks? Oh, wait, gotta go … my Netflix just arrived.

  • Dalton Paternostro

    I just checked the Apple Online Store, everything seems to be back to normal now! Even though for some reason the iPhone 4’s main page is really off today and it was last night, it looks a tad beat up…! No clue why?

  • CharliK

    You assume they have disks lying around. Perhaps they don’t and it has to be pressed etc just for you

  • GH

    Apple has said that their “upgrade” failed last week, meaning communications between stores/supply lines were dropped for almost the whole labor day weekend. This probably has something to do with shipping times, they sold a lot, were not able to process them, so didn’t order more in time.  Also, with the next iPhone being produced, there’s a chance they slowed down iPad production to make more iPhones.