Some MacBook Pro wait times stretch nearly to Christmas

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Some MacBook Pro wait times already stretch nearly to Christmas
You can still get the 16-inch MacBook Pro before Christmas, if you hurry.
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Apple Unleashed event bugYou might find yourself waiting months to get the just-announced MacBook Pro. Order one of the standard configurations and it’ll arrive in this month or November at the latest. But upgrade the configuration and the wait time slips back to mid-December.

Anyone hoping to get a redesigned 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro with the powerful new M1 Pro or M1 Max processor with a minimal wait should get their order in soon. Those who want a top-of-the-line configuration before Christmas really ought to hurry.

Modest MacBook Pro wait times for some configurations

Order the base model 14-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage from Apple.com on Monday and it’ll arrive sometime between October 26 and November 2. That’s as quick as anyone can get the new notebook — the launch date is Oct. 26.

But upgrade the storage to 1TB and the arrival windows slips to between Nov. 2 and Nov. 9. The same is true for upgrading from the M1 Pro to the M1 Max processor. But even a maxed out unit is only delayed to Nov 10 – Nov 17.

Longer waits for others

Wait times for the larger version are longer. Some considerably so.

An order placed Monday from Apple.com for the base model 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage arrives between Nov. 9 and Nov. 16.

Add more RAM and the arrival window increases slightly. Curiously, increase the storage and the device will actually arrive a bit earlier. But upgrading to the M1 Max chip pushes the arrival window back about a month, to Dec. 2 – Dec. 9.

A high-end 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max, 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage has an arrival window of Nov. 9 to Nov. 16. But double the SSD size and the device won‘t arrival until between Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Double the RAM and you’ll be waiting until between Dec. 10 and Dec. 23. And that’s true for almost any other configuration change.

Still, that’s the maximum wait time. Which means anyone going to Apple.com and ordering the powerful new macOS notebook soon will get it before Christmas.