updated 11:07 pm EST, Wed January 1, 2014
Apple struggling to produce enough Mac Pros
MacNN has learned that Apple's in-demand new Mac Pro will not be available to in store customers until as late as March or April. The information was supplied to us by an Apple Australia business sales specialist who also advised that they are being told to direct customers to the online channel as it the only way that customers can currently secure a new Mac Pro -- the advice also applies to those who may have already placed an order on a unit in store. Apple's online store is still showing that Mac Pros ordered now will not ship until sometime in February at the earliest. The only Mac Pro units to have reached some Apple Stores are demonstrator units and this is not expected to change for some months.
Apple started promoting the Mac Pro in June last year and advised customers at the time that its stunning new workstation would be available in December 2013. At best, only a handful of customers had their orders fulfilled on December 30, with Apple just meeting its self-imposed shipping deadline. Most of the early units in the wild have been review units supplied by Apple to various publications, although there are reports that some regular customers have begun receiving their orders. Early reports suggest that Mac Pro units currently reaching customers are standard configurations only, with CTO models yet to start shipping from Apple's Austin, Texas-based factory.
The new Mac Pro is the first substantial redesign of the Mac Pro line in several years with the last minor update made to the line in 2010, which led many to believe that Apple might abandon the 'Pro' market altogether. With a lack of internal storage options, some critics have argued that the new Mac Pro isn't a truly 'Pro' machine. However, others have pointed to its six Thunderbolt 2 ports for expandability and arguing that Apple has embraced a trend towards a modular computing model where the workstation merely acts as a powerful hub. The new Mac Pro can support up to 36 Thunderbolt devices, and is powered by Intel 'Ivy Bridge' based Xeon E5 processors in configurations of four, six, eight or twelve cores and sports dual-AMD graphics chips.