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Mac Pro sees ordering, shipping delays

updated 05:25 pm EDT, Mon April 16, 2012

Computer may be nearing update or obsolescence

Orders and shipments of the Mac Pro are beginning to see significant delays, says AppleInsider. One person tells the site that he ordered a higher-end Mac Pro in late March; initially it was slated to ship within three to five business days. After the order was placed the shipping date extended to April 11th, but as of April 16th, the computer still hasn't been delivered. The person says an Apple representative explained that his choice of a 12-core system meant the computer would have to be shipped directly from China.

The Mac Pro has been seeing supply issues since at least last week, when Amazon briefly went out of stock of eight-core systems. Long delays may be a sign that Apple is finally preparing to update the computer, which was last refreshed in July 2010. Conversely though Apple could be planning to kill off the product line, which generates marginal profits next to iOS devices and even other Macs. Some rumors have suggested that Apple executives are seriously contemplating the idea.

The Mac Pro is Apple's only computer to cater explicitly to a high-end/professional market, including the server arena. Eliminating it could potentially force some professionals to switch to Windows or Linux PCs. This may be offset, though, by the increasing power and popularity of iMacs and MacBook Pros.

by MacNN Staff




  1. facebook_Mike

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    About Time!

    Been waiting for this for a long time. My dream - a smaller tower with no optical drive, 8 SSD slots, 8 memory slots, at least 3 PCI Slots.

  1. chas_m



    If Apple doesn't kill it outright

    and I don't think they will, you mid-sized tower people may finally get your wish. Thunderbolt may finally allow Apple to move away from making extra room for lots of hard drives, and able to accommodate more SSDs (though I wouldn't expect them to ignore traditional HDs in the design).

    The biggest problem I see is that no matter WHAT Apple comes out with, the pro market will b**** and moan like somebody poisoned their dog. You can never satisfy those people, which in part I'm sure has led to Apple's lower interest in the pro market. You NEVER get "delight" out of the pro market.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bla Bla Bla...

    "Eliminating it could potentially force some professionals to switch to Windows or Linux PCs"

    Linux PCs?

    Can ANYONE name any serious:
    3D Modeling/Animation
    Engineering (Ok excluding $ProEngineer$)
    Video editing
    Application for Linux?

    The only alternative pros have is Windows,
    unless Windows 8 becomes the next Vista and Linux finally takes it's place...

    PS. The pros left the Mac since matte screens & lack of user upgradeable components became the norm.

  1. facebook_Randy

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    All these Apps Maybe plus A LOT more

    MAYA, NUKE, LIGHTWORKS, FLAME, SMOKE, All Pixel farm apps, Most of the Foundry Apps, Boujou, Syntheyez, Eyeon Fusion, Pro tools. Houdini, Softimage and many more.

  1. facebook_Randy

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    You don't get out much eh.

    Its pretty much all we use in the Feature film industry period. Do you work for Microsoft because you don't actually seem to know much about the pro market CAD and 3d Animation. Maya on Linux is ROCK Solid as is Softimage and every other package I listed.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't worry Randy -

    I hear the next iPad is going to be SOOOOOO powerful as to make desktops completely obsolete... at least for consumers like yourself.

    That way you can keep toying with your Apple appliances and leave the designers and engineers create your next purchase on Microcrap/Intel stuff like even Apple does; or do you think Apple uses OSX & Macs to design other Macs?

  1. myramoki

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Kill it!!!!

    And bring out something like Shuttle's SX79R5. Add on Thunderbolt, and you've got a system that is expandable, fast, capable of running a good GPU card, and small.

  1. PJL500

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New variations on iMac and Mac Mini

    should now be able to replace the outdated tower and accommodate the most demanding video, graphic or audio projects.

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