As new Macs loom, supply of some existing models seems constrained
If you need to buy a new Mac to get something done in the next week or so, you may be out of luck, at least at Apple’s U.S. online store.
That’s because at time of writing supply for all Macs with the exception of the MacBook Air, Mac mini and Mac Pro appears constrained with the U.S. store warning that you’ll need to wait weeks for some models.
Macs are in short supply?
At time of writing, the U.S. Apple online retail store warns tells us the following around when products will ship. Other models ship in the usual ‘day’s’ window:
- 1-2 weeks for a 13-inch MacBook Pro, or 3-4 weeks for the high end 2.0GHz Quad pro model.
- 2-3 weeks for a 16-inch MacBook Pro (though the entry level model is available in 3—5 days)
- iMacs see a wait of anything between 1-2 weeks (entry level 21.5”) and up to 5 -weeks for some configurations.
- The iMac Pro sees a wait between 5-6 weeks.
Now, it’s important not to read too much into this data –
- It could be a blip and shipping dates may be completely different next time we check!
- It may also reflect continued supply chain problems as the pandemic causes chaos everywhere 🙁
It could even reflect the level of demand for new machines as enterprises everywhere attempt to equip people to work from home. After all, at one point I know Starling Bank managed to buy every MacBook available in the UK, so it can happen.
But we already think new Macs are coming
However, in the context in which a recent EEC filing claims up to eight systems that may be Macs have been filed and as Apple is expected to announce new Mac models on around November 17, tongues are bound to wag – particularly in light of Macerkopf.de, which noted that MacBook Pro is out of stock in Germany.