Typically does UPS make residential iPhone deliveries in the evening?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 9, 2008
I'm debating whether to put on a Hold For Pickup. Typically UPS doesn’t make deliveries around here till end of day, and I won’t be home Friday till 2:00 pm, so if the iPhone is delivered late then that is fine, but maybe iPhone day is special (because that is the majority of what they're delivering?).

Should my expectation be that they will deliver around the same time as usual or has anyone notice that iPhones break the pattern and can come much earlier in the day than normal for residential deliveries.


macrumors 65816
In my area they deliver between 4-7 for residential areas. I figure they have to make those business deliveries first.

I have a friend who says UPS delivers before noon where he is though, so go figure.


I’ll be taking a day off to wait for the phone since a signature is required and my doorbell doesn’t work, lol.


Staff member
Jul 1, 2014
UPS has always delivered, for me, at their usual time, no matter the package and how special.

Might look into signing up for myUPS service: can change the delivery to hold at depot for pickup, if concerned.


Jul 3, 2008
Just West of East
For launches like this, my UPS regular driver does not make the delivery which would be at 5-7 PM. Instead I get a delivery between 11 AM and 1 PM. I will not the Apple delivery driver does not wait long at the door before leaving the "missed notice" and running for the truck.

Earlier this month, he was so fast my dog did not even bark. Just a quick press of the door bell which only works if you actually press the button. He slapped the stick note on the door and was almost back to his trunk by the time the dog barked. I caught him just in time.

The UPS driver also said in my service area, they are not allow to leave the device without an actual signature. They don't accept the Release for Delivery notice. It is a safe area so that's not the issue, they just don't want to be responsible for "high value" Apple products.


Chupa Chupa

macrumors G5
Jul 16, 2002
UPS delivers between 8 and whenever the driver has made all his stops. I've had deliveries at 9pm during the holiday season before. When your package is scanned you can log into your MyChoice account and it will give you the estimated 4 hour delivery window. But if you want to be on the safe side then have it held at CC and you can p/u whenever you like and not have to sweat it.


macrumors 6502
Sep 29, 2012
I'm lucky if my UPS comes by 7, usually by 9 on iphone day, and during the holidays, ive had them come at 11:30 pm. UPS united procrastination service


macrumors 6502
Mar 9, 2012
I have mine held at CC and will pick it up around 9am. Save me a several hour wait and possibly missing the driver.


Jul 25, 2013
In my area, yes.

Seems like they prioritize commercial addresses first then move on towards residential areas.


macrumors 68040
Jun 8, 2009
if they are busy, they deliver late.... look at how late they deliver during the days leading up to Christmas!! we normally get deliveries around lunchtime (11:30 to 1:00ish) but as it gets closer and closer to Christmas that time gets later and later and is usually after dark (and two people... a driver and a runner who runs the packages to the door)

I've never had them come that late for an iphone....


macrumors regular
Sep 11, 2016
sunny So. Ca.
Last year my phones were just dropped at the door. No signature required. I don't have one on file either. I had stayed home, which was good as they were delivered early in the morning. UPS usually delivers later here too. They must have a lot of extra drivers out on delivery day.