Fans of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) high-end desktop computers have been waiting for the new Mac Pro ever since it was first unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Earlier this week, Apple announced that the new Mac Pro would become available on December 19. However, it now appears that most Apple customers won’t be able to get their hands on the latest model until sometime next year.
According to Apple’s Mac Pro purchase page, the shipping estimate times for all configurations of the new workstation have been pushed to February. As reported by Cult of Mac, a few initial Mac Pro orders had an estimated shipping time of December 30. “Demand for the all new Mac Pro is great and it will take time before supply catches up with demand,” an Apple spokesman recently told Forbes.
Although Apple cited strong consumer demand for the new product, some industry commentators have speculated that the relatively small size of the Mac Pro factory in Austin, Texas, may be another reason for the delay. CEO Tim Cook has touted the American manufacturing process behind the newly available Mac Pro as part of the company’s push to promote its domestic manufacturing base.