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Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 04:13 pm PT (07:13 pm ET)

Briefly: Apple offers free next-day holiday shipping, first Berlin Apple Store

Apple is offering free next-day shipping to get products out in time for Christmas, while the first Berlin Apple Store is hiring after having been officially announced.

Free next-day shipping

Apple has upgraded its free shipping option to include next-day in the United States to accommodate last-minute shoppers. In-stock and non-engraved, non-customized items purchased by Thursday through the online Apple Store are expected to arrive before Dec. 24. Customized Macs and engraved iPods and iPads are subject to the normal 2-3 day free shipping.

Free next-day shipping


Berlin Apple Store

Berlin will be getting its first Apple retail location at 26 Kurfurstedamm avenue, with applications being accepted (machine translated) for an various in-store positions, according to German Mac blog Macerkopf.de.

The picture below is reportedly of the Apple Store site, taken by Macerkopf.de reader Patrick. The view through the usual glass facade is obstructed as work continues on the interior of the store. Apple has yet to announce an official open date.

Berlin Apple Store

Berlin's first Apple Store | Source: Macerkopf.de


News of the Berlin store follows the opening of one of Apple's largest retail stores in the world at New York's Grand Central Terminal, which opened on Dec. 9. Apple's newest location takes up 23,000 sq. ft. and sits at a prime location in Grand Central where an estimated 700,000 people pass every day.