Mac Pro Shipping Date Slips To April

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Excessive demand and limited production cycles have pushed the Mac Pro’s estimated shipping date back to April.

The high-end machine, available in both Quad-Core and 6-Core editions, was originally supposed to ship in December, before being pushed back to February, then March, and now April.

Initially, the shipping estimates reflected only foreign markets including China, France, Germany, Japan, and the U.K. — but Apple’s online stores in the U.S. and Canada were quickly amended to also show the new April date.

While this is unlikely to have a detrimental effect on the price of Apple stock compared to, say, the late shipping of a new iPhone (the total Mac division at Apple accounted for just 11% of revenue for the December quarter) it will both help to drive up the costs being charged by eBay sellers, and also continue to make the Mac Pro among the most desired Apple products out there, due its scarcity.

  • mister_rabbit

    Surely this is the side effect of manufacturing it in the US, where we don’t have the workforce to supply these large initial demands. Steve knew this when he replied to Obama’s question of “what will it take to bring those jobs back to the US”. Labor costs aside we simply lack the supply chain and scalability to keep up with the huge demands that accompany most Apple products. It’s sad, but true.

    As soon as they announced that the new Mac Pro would be their first effort to bring manufacturing back to the US I wondered if it was more of a test than anything. It’s a relatively easy product to assemble without too many complex parts, at least compared to the majority of other Apple products. Hopefully Apple studies the Mac Pro experiment closely and uses it to refine their US manufacturing operations in a way that could bring more products back to the US.

    http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20120123/ARTICLE/301239999

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