MacBook Pro Supplies Constrained Ahead of Its Refresh
Major Apple re-sellers are facing constrained supplies of MacBook Pro ahead of possible refresh later this month. Recent reports have indicated that Apple is planning to bring a major design change in their MacBook Pro lineup, these new MacBook Pros would be thinner than currently available version. First noted by AppleInsider, some third-party Apple re-sellers don’t have 15 inch version of MacBook Pro in stock and other versions are only available on special requests.
Among those resellers reflecting backorder status on some of the current 15-inch MacBook Pros is J&R, which is now sold out of both the 2.2GHz model, which is listed as “out of stock,” and the 2.4GHz variety, which is currently advertised as “on order.”
In addition, Best Buy has also stopped accepting online orders for the 2.4GHz model for home delivery. The 15-inch notebook is still available on a store-by-store basis, however a quick check of individual store inventory in cities such as Chicago and Austin similarly indicate that between 40 and 60 percent of those shops are similarly reflecting stock outs.
Currently just J&R is facing supply constraints but we can expect the same from other resellers in coming weeks or so. Major resellers like Best Buy and Amazon have 15 inch version of MacBook Pro in stock. Amazon is shipping 15 inch variant in one business day while Best Buy is shipping it in 2-3 business days. Like always there won’t be any sign of shortage on Apple’s Online Store.
Forthcoming thinner MacBook Pros would comes packed with Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 processors. It is also reported that new 2012 MacBook Pros would have a thinner form factor.
We will keep you updated on this, stay tuned!