No Mac Pros for Apple’s Retail Stores Until Spring
Customers that were hoping to pick up Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) new Mac Pro at one of the company’s retail stores may be in for a longer wait than originally anticipated. An Apple Australia business sales specialist recently told Electronista that the latest version of Apple’s high-end desktop computer will likely hit retail store shelves around March or April.
According to Electronista’s source, customers are being told that they should order the Mac Pro online if they want to secure a spot on the waiting list. Apple’s Online Store is still showing shipping availability estimate times for February, which means that customers who have already placed an order through the brick-and-mortar Apple Store may be waiting longer customers who ordered their Mac Pros online. Electronista reports that the only units that will be shipped to the Apple Stores in the next several months will be floor models that are intended for demonstration purposes only.
The new Mac Pro was unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June of last year. However, Apple didn’t make the product available for order until December 19. According to Electronista, a few standard configuration units were shipped to customers by December 30, but no customized units were shipped. Soon afterwards, shipping estimate times moved to February. An Apple spokesperson later told Forbes that, “Demand for the all new Mac Pro is great and it will take time before supply catches up with demand.”