Following the mysterious increase to shipping times for a number of Apple products yesterday — and the speculation that followed — it seems the Cupertino company has decided to remove shipping times completely from its online store.
The online store went down early this morning for some maintenance, and in addition to revamping the iPad 2 ordering process, shipping times for all products seem to have vanished completely.
For some products, such as the 13-inch MacBook Air in the U.K. store, a “Dispatched” time is shown for products that are out of stock, but those that are available straight away, it simply says “In Stock,” with no indication of how long they’ll take to be delivered.
As we mentioned yesterday, an increase to shipping times for Apple products is usually an indication that a product refresh is on the way. But for them to increase for such a large number of products, as they did yesterday, is very unusual. And for shipping times to disappear completely is even more odd.
It’s possible Apple has removed shipping times in order to prevent speculation surrounding product refreshes, but an explanation to their increase yesterday is still no clearer.