Mac Pro shipping dates put back… again

Madeleine Swain
12 February, 2014
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All those of you holding your breath in excited anticipation of receiving your very own Mac Pro may like to take a rest and breathe normally for a while. Because it isn’t going to be turning up on your doorstep for a good bit longer yet.

Apple’s revolutionary new pro desktop machine, the Mac Pro, made quite a splash when it was unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference last June. Its comparatively tiny form and sleek cylindrical shape drew praise from all sides.

The high-end computer’s official release saw some of that enthusiasm tempered, however, due to its lack of internal expandability and cheek-sucking price points.

In Australia, the Mac Pro comes in two versions, the quad-core $3999 model and the six-core $5299 model, but with all the possible add-ons and upgrades, you would be looking at $12,029 for a fully maxed-out machine.

Still, critics of the expandability issue were assured that Thunderbolt is the way of the future and the Mac Pro was designed with this in mind.

Accordingly, when Apple launched it on 19 December there was still plenty of interest in the high-end machine. But delivery estimates have continually been pushed back. Just hours after it first went on sale, consumers were told they’d have to wait until February to see their new toy.

A few weeks ago that date slipped to March. And now there’s been another change.

On Apple’s Australian online store this morning, the Mac Pro is listed as “available to ship: April”.

This isn’t just a local issue. The same delivery date is being quoted in the US, Canada, some European countries and in the Asia-Pacific region. reports, “Apple is having some serious supply problems with the Mac Pro resulting in delayed shipping for all those who want to get the monstrous machine.”

There’s no word from Apple as to the reasons for this, whether there is a parts supply chain problem or whether the company has simply been overwhelmed with orders and can’t keep up with demand.

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