Apple's New Mac Pro to be Unavailable in Retail Stores until at least March
Production of Apple’s recently released Mac Pro desktop is said to be heavily constrained, with representatives indicating that the company’s retail stores won’t stock the machine until at least March. It was the business sales staff at Apple Australia that have been instructed to point customers looking to order a new Mac Pro toward Apple’s Online Store according to a recent report from Electronista
. Default configurations purchased today wouldn’t be scheduled to ship until February, while customized units could even take longer depending on the components that are chosen.
The new Mac Pro features a sleek cylindrical design and next-gen architecture. It was originally announced in October for a December launch, where Apple began accepting pre-orders for the device on December 18, with shipping commencing on week later. Some customers who ordered the base-model Mac Pro units received their machines as early as Christmas Eve, while many others, including those who opted for one of the Mac Pro’s 200 custom configurations, are still waiting for their desktop to come.
As of right now, several journalists were given review units from Apple and have praised the tower’s industrial design and processing power. What makes it interesting too is that Apple chose to manufacture the updated Mac Pro in a new Austin, Texas facility, which is a return to the company’s roots whose ramp-up may be contributing to the supply constraints. Apple previously made Macs in the US until 2004, when its last stateside manufacturing plant closed its doors.
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