Maybe you waited a little too long to get a gift for that special someone this year, but would still rather not hit the mall in the few days remaining. Apple (s aapl) has you covered, with free next-day shipping at the online U.S. Apple store on its major in-stock products.
That means you can order iPods, iPads, the iPhone 4 and 3GS, standard/popular configuration Macs and the Apple TV in time for Christmas Eve, so long as you order by Dec. 21. Until now, Apple only offered 2 to 3 day shipping for free on these products, so it’s a considerable advantage even if you’re not buying for someone else and just want an in-stock product to get to your door faster.
Just be sure you don’t add engravings or other unusual customizations, and keep an eye on the expected ship time as you’re changing configurations for Macs if you do want to still get the stuff in time to put it under the tree this weekend. Even with those caveats, this is a nice win for lazy shoppers, who probably also aren’t the type to dash out last-minute to their local Apple Stores. Well played, Apple.