Mac Pro orders delayed until March in some markets


President Trump will tour Apple's Mac Pro factory in Texas this week
Ordering a Mac Pro in Europe requires some patience.
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Order a Mac Pro in Europe today and it won‘t be delivered for almost a month. This is almost certainly a result of factory shutdowns in China in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak. But Americans can get this new desktop Mac far quicker.

Mac Pro orders require patience

The Mac Pro is famously made in America, but that is only for US buyers. Units shipped to Europe are assembled in China. And factories across that country are closing temporarily to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the disease the coronavirus causes.

As a result, Europeans who order from the online Apple Store any configuration of Mac Pro won’t see it delivered until March 10. In contrast, Mac Pro orders placed in the US will be delivered between Feb. 24 and Feb. 26, a standard delay to give the Texas plant time to assemble the device.

To be clear, there has been no definite word from Apple that COVID-19 is causing longer wait times for the Mac Pro.

Delays on other custom-made Macs too

It’s not just the Mac Pro that has run into production delays. And US buyers are affected for these other Mac models.

The standard configuration for a 16-inch MacBook Pro is available today, but change anything and the delivery date slips to March 13, more than four weeks from now, no matter what continent it’s ordered from.

The same goes for the top-of-line version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with custom upgrades. A customized iMac Pro also can’t be delivered until mid-March.

Apple has so far had no problems delivering any version of the iPad or iPhone 11. But there are concerns whether it can keep up stocks in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Foxconn, who produces a majority of iOS handsets, is trying to resume half of its ordinary production quantities by the end of February.