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Mac Pro ship times see incremental improvement, drop to 3-4 weeks

updated 08:45 pm EDT, Thu May 1, 2014

Supply-demand ratio improving after long wait times

Apple has altered the expected shipping times on its standard Mac Pro configurations down to 3-4 weeks, an improvement over the recent drop to 3-5 weeks seen in late April. Apart from a short window when the units were first announced, the new ship times are the best yet seen for Apple's thoroughly-redesigned workstation computer. At the beginning of April, ship times for the Mac Pro were estimated at five to six weeks, showing steady improvement towards supply-demand balance.

Shortly after its debut five months ago, shipping times climbed to as far as nearly three months after orders, leading many to wonder if Apple's commitment to USA-based production, or possibly technical issues, were hampering the rollout. While it is difficult to know for sure, Apple does genuinely seem to have been caught off-guard by the high demand for the long-overdue and revamped Mac Pro. Initial skepticism on the part of professional users and trade journals alike is seen to have dissipated following a clutch of stellar reviews of the innovative redesign.

The fact that even "white box" PC builders appear to be unable to match the capabilities of the machine for anywhere near the retail price may have convinced creative pros to abandon the traditional "wait and see" posture that tends to be the norm for deadline-oriented industries, alongside the rise of 4K HD video as a new shooting norm and the relatively light array of machines truly well-equipped to handle the infrastructure of huge video files.

Even as recently as February, the machine was still two months behind in expected shipping -- but this wait time has steadily dropped throughout April, falling from 5-6 weeks to 4-6 weeks on April 11, 4-5 weeks on April 18 and 3-5 weeks last Thursday. At the current pace, the standard Mac Pro configurations may hit a balance of demand and availability as early as the end of May.

Even so, the Mac Pro is still scarce in retail stores, remaining largely unavailable outside of premium mail-order resellers and Apple's own retail stores, and even those outlets usually only have pre-configured -- and very limited -- units for sale. As most Mac Pro sales are custom-configured, buying direct from Apple online remains the best option for most customers.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 11-28-08

    I thought I'd read a couple of articles showing how some low-priced Hackintosh was able to do everything the redesigned Mac Pro was able to do and more. The only difference was that those Hackintoshes usually took up four times the space of the new Mac Pro.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    I haven't seen anything like that -- the articles I've read by PC builders usually start off by saying that, as the graphic cards are $1200 each for starters, no they can't build one that actually matches Apple's price and spec sheet. They then go on to say that if you're willing to make a huge bunch of compromises and/or just want a gaming rig, they can whip up something kinda-sorta workstation-y and "good enough for government work" for much less. But not something spec-for-spec like the Mac Pro.

  1. MitchIves

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 04-25-14

    I'll believe these delivery times when I see it. Mine took just shy of three months to arrive (11+ weeks). At the 9 week mark, I wrote an email to Tim Cook and asked him to give up on the social issues and fly to Austin, since his claim to fame was being a supply chain and logistics expert. Three weeks later I had mine.

    Up until two weeks ago everyone I knew took almost three months to get theirs. Now magically it's 3-4 weeks. I hope for everybody else's sake it's true... perhaps the QC issues have been solved...

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    The fact that you got your machine three weeks after you wrote to Cook suggests it didn't get read. Also, not sure where you divine that the issue was QC ... any sources on that? Anyway, I hope you're enjoying the unit now that you have it.

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