Date: Thursday, December 5th, 2013, 09:45
Category: Apple, Desktop Mac, Holiday, Mac Desktop, Mac Pro
That’s what a German retailer wants you to believe. German retailer Conrad Electronic has begun taking pre-orders for the two stock configurations of the new Mac Pro, citing availability on Monday, December 16. Where they are getting this date is a bit of a mystery since Apple generally doesn’t give its resellers that much advanced notice. So far Apple is still pointing at the vague availability of “mid December” which was announced as part of their Mavericks release event in October.
The Mac Observer is calling “shenanigans” with the following reasoning;
“What we do know is that the 16th is the middle of December. So that checks out. On the other hand, Apple usually releases new products on Tuesday or Friday. December 16th is a Monday. So that doesn’t check out.”
Makes sense to me, but then if Apple wanted to gain any holiday sales for the Mac Pro, it couldn’t wait much longer. Then again, pro level computers are probably not the normal gift under the tree. Some reporters, such as MacRumors, are predicting there may be a slow roll-out and limited availability of the Mac Pro.
“Availability of the new Mac Pro is likely being constrained by new Intel Ivy Bridge-EP processors that were officially launched in September but which have apparently been somewhat slow to ramp up production.”
Several predictions expect that even if Apple announces availability, long shipping times may push the date that the Mac powerhouse reach users into 2014.