MacBook Pro shipping estimates hint at WWDC refresh

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Need a new MacBook Pro? Don’t head out just yet.

Shipping times for the 15-inch model have slipped on the Apple online store, strengthening rumors that a refresh will happen during WWDC on June 5.

It seems strange that shipping times would suddenly slip for a product that’s been on sale since October. It’s unlikely Apple will have seen a random surge in demand that it is struggling to cope with. With that in mind, there’s likely another reason why supplies are constrained.

It could have something to do with recent rumors that have suggested Apple will refresh the MacBook Pro — and the 12-inch MacBook — at WWDC next week. Both are expected to receive minor internal upgrades, including Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors.

For now, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is still readily available, so it’s possible Apple will update the larger model first — then bring the new CPUs to its smaller sibling later. This wouldn’t be the first time the company has refreshed one model before the other.

“A spot check shows 15-inch MacBook Pro delivery estimates are similarly as long in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, and several other countries,” reports MacRumors.

It could just be a coincidence, but the MacBook Pro is due an incremental refresh, and it’s about time the wait for Kaby Lake was over.