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Apple is temporarily replacing its regular two-day shipping process with free overnight delivery for US customers. Order online before 2pm on December 23, and the items will be delivered on Christmas Eve at no charge. The offer applies only to items that are currently in stock.
Sonnet has finally started shipping the Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, which if first announced more than two years ago. In part, the delay was due to the announcement of Thunderbolt 2 shortly after Sonnet began accepting pre-orders, pushing the breakout box into 2014. From there, production issues have keep the unit off shelves until now, and the now-shipping dock offers four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, a FireWire 800 port, two 6Gb/s eSATA ports, and more.
Supply appears to finally be catching up with demand, nearly three full months after the "debut" of the Apple Watch online. Shipping times for the device are now listed on Apple's US online store as being one business day for all stainless steel and aluminum Sport models, with only the $10,000-and-up Edition versions still constrained. On the eve of further international expansion, Apple revealed that New Zealand will get the Watch at the end of this month.
After pushing back expected delivery dates till June, Apple appears to be slowly catching up with demand on certain models. Customers report receiving "preparing for shipment" notifications on pre-orders of the Space Gray or Space Black versions of the aluminum Apple Watch Sport, even including the link bracelet or modern buckle band options. In addition, Sport models also pre-ordered on the first day of availability are continuing to be delivered.
There are an indeterminate number -- possibly as high as a couple of million -- very early pre-order customers who are very excited today, having received confirmation from Apple that their order for the Apple Watch has shipped. Various forms of evidence, from emails from the company notifying buyers of the status change to UPS alerts with tracking numbers has confirmed that a number of customers who got in early should be receiving their Watch order on or about April 24, the original planned public debut day.
[Updated with Apple confirmation] In addition to reader reports of the first wave of Apple Watch pre-orders moving from "processing" to "preparing for shipment" -- a sign that the delivery will be taking place soon -- some customers who ordered non-Sport or other Apple Watch models who initially were given 6-8 week shipment windows have reported that their credit cards have been charged and their order status also changed to "preparing to ship," though the estimated delivery dates have not yet been amended. Those who have ordered custom Retina MacBook models are also reporting charges.
According to reports out of China, Apple has begun to dominate the supply chain both in shipping and manufacturing, squeezing out other companies. According to reports, major supply chain shipping companies including both FedEx and UPS have "incredibly high" volumes for the holiday quarter, just from Apple's logistics under the weight of a new product lineup.
Apple's shipping estimates for the new Mac Pro have been pushed to March for customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific markets. Spotted by MacRumors, the shipping setbacks suggest the company is still attempting to accommodate strong demand for its high-end desktop systems.
On the heels of significant improvements to Apple's iPhone 5s stock, the company has now listed its latest product, the Retina iPad mini, as shipping in 1-3 days in its North American and Asia Pacific stores. This is the second time Apple has been able to improve shipping delays; earlier this week saw the first improvement, from vague delays of 1-2 weeks to 3-5 days. The product was initially constrained due to issues with display yields, which were later resolved.
Apple has now posted its deadline dates for online orders so that the company can guarantee delivery by Christmas Eve, and has announced free standard shipping on all online store orders during the holiday season. Customers who want a Retina iPad mini have the earliest deadline, with December 5 being the cut-off date. December 9 is the deadline for iPad Air models, iPhone 5s order must be in by December 12, and most other orders should be in by December 18.