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Last-minute shopping for Christmas gifts? Apple now offers free next-day delivery

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Ordering presents online this close to the holidays always comes with a dose of anxiety: Will you have an actual box under the tree, or a clumsy note saying the presents should arrive in 10-12 days?

If you’re shopping for Apple products, you needn’t worry, as the company on Monday activated free next day delivery for most products in its lineup.

The note, visible on Apple’s online store for multiple countries, promises free next day delivery for “in-stock items ordered by 2:00 p.m. on 12/23.”

Image: Stan Schroeder/Mashable/Apple

It doesn’t work for all products, though. For example, Apple’s recently launched wireless earbuds, the AirPods, ship in six weeks.  Read more…

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Via: The Verge

Source: Matternet

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