To ensure that last minute gifts are delivered by December 24th, Apple has posted a list of shipping deadlines on their online store for customers. Any iPod, iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, Mac, or Apple TV purchases must be made by Dec. 19th for free shipping (2 to 3 days) or by Dec. 21st for next day shipping.
For engraved iPods and iPads or customized Macs, however, next day shipping is listed as not available. Customized Macs also have a much closer deadline date of December 14th to ensure timely delivery with free shipping. While there is still time left to purchase iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS models, there is no guarantee that the iPhone 4S will be delivered by December 24th since the handset’s December 5th shipping deadline date has already passed.