Apple expands same-day delivery to NYC

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Your new Apple product can show up in as little as two hours.
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You’re just so excited for your new Apple TV that you can’t wait until tomorrow to get it, can you? That’s why Apple has teamed up with Postmates to bring same-day delivery of its wide range of products and accessories to a new market: New York City.

Most same-day deliveries are capable of arriving at your front door within two hours of purchase, but depending on the product and time of day it could take longer. Plus the product you’re ordering has to be in stock at your nearby Apple Store. That’s the way Postmates works — couriers purchase your items for you and bring them on over to your place.

Customers can either place these same-day delivery orders through Apple’s website or mobile app, or by using Postmates’ service. Prepare to pay up for shipping though: it looks like Apple is charging $19 for same-day delivery, $2 more than next-day. Interestingly, after 5 p.m. same-day is no longer an option and next-day gets bumped up to $19 instead.

The same-day delivery service only seems to be live in certain parts of New York City right now, particularly 37 of 43 zip codes in Manhattan, according to MacRumors. Apple also launched same-day delivery service with Postmates in the San Francisco Bay Area back in May. The Postmates service is actually in dozens of other cities around the country already, but for whatever reason the arrangement with Apple only works in two for now.

It’s likely that Apple will continue expanding same-day delivery coverage to match up with where Postmates is available. If you’re in suburban or rural areas, don’t hold your breath. Postmates itself is currently operating in mostly urban, densely populated areas, so Postmates has to get to you before Apple does… unless Uber gets there first.