updated 09:40 am EDT, Tue October 26, 2010
Shorter shipping delays suggest holiday push
Apple's online shipping times for the iPhone 4 have again fallen in the US. Models should now ship in one to three business days; as recently as September, it could take up to three weeks for an iPhone to be sent out. Delays began shortening noticeably earlier this month.
The company has still failed to deliver on a promise of a white iPhones, and shipping times remain relatively long outside the US, for instance as much as two weeks in Canada. Combined with the iPad shipping in 24 hours and gaining wider retail distribution though, the change reinforces a heavy push into the holiday shopping season. The iPhone 4 is in fact shipping faster in the US now than the iPhone 3GS, which takes three to five days.
Apple has meanwhile begun allowing laser engravings on iPads. The option was previously reserved for iPods, and isn't available for iPhones. It carries a tradeoff however, as it can significantly hurt resale value.