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iPhone 5 Release Date: Buy iPhone 4S Online, Pick it Up In-Store

iPhone 5 Release Date: Buy iPhone 4S Online, Pick it Up In-Store

The Apple store may soon implement a new program that allows customers to order products online and pick them up at the stores.

MacRumors, a technology website, reported that the program is called "Sherwood."

Apple's entire inventory will be available, including standard-configured Macs, engraved and gift-wrapped products, and accessories offered by third parties.

Customers will have the choice of selecting an Apple retail store for pickup through the new program.

Most products and accessories should be available for same-day pickup; however, customers must be aware that some items might require a few days to be delivered to the store.

With the implementation of Sherwood, Apple retail stores will also accept returns of eligible online orders. This will give customers the option of not having to ship products for exchange or refund.

Customers will need to show proof of purchase and identification for in-store pickup. However, they will have the option of choosing an alternate to pick up the order.

Sources told MacRumors that one benefit of the program is that in-store pickup can help during the holiday season when home delivery might reveal the nature of a gift.

Apple currently allows customers to reserve products from available retail store stock online. Customers also have the option of having standard-configuration Mac and iPod products gift wrapped at an Apple retail store.

The Sherwood pilot program will be seen in select retail stores, and then expanded across the chain, soon.

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