Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has yet another special deal for those ordering its products. The company is now offering free shipping through Dec. 22. It has also listed deadlines for when consumers must order products in order to have them in time for Christmas Eve.

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Apple follows free shipping tradition

It’s pretty typical for Apple to offer free shipping through its online store. If the company follows previous years’ plans exactly, it is likely that those who shop late on the website will be able to receive free or low cost next-day air shipments. Most of the time free shipping is only offered on orders which are more than $50.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) also listed deadlines for consumers who want to receive their orders by Christmas Eve. Macs, the iPhone 5C, first-generation iPad Mini, iPad 2 and iPods all must be ordered no later than Dec. 18 in order for them to arrive in time for Christmas. The iPhone 5S must be ordered by Dec. 12, while the iPad Air must be ordered by Dec. 9. Orders for the iPad Mini with Retina display must be in by this week Thursday in order for them to arrive in time for Christmas.

Apple deals with supply constraints

Most analysts agree that the Retina iPad Mini is probably the one product which has the least supply. However, surveys suggest that some retail stores do have some of the models, although they may be more difficult to find than Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s other products.

It seems as if Apple is catching up with demand for the iPhone 5S, although we can tell from the slightly earlier ship date that the company doesn’t feel like it is out of the woods just yet. Black Friday weekend surveys also indicated that the iPad Air was selling very well, so it seems likely that it will be Apple’s second hottest product for the holidays.