MacBook Pro Delays

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Date: Friday, February 10th, 2006, 20:07
Category: MacBook Pro

It appears that Apple.com is not the only store now reporting longer delays for the arrival of the MacBook Pro. Some retail stores are pushing back their delivery date as well.
The day his holy Steveness (peace be with him) announced the MacBook Pro, I pre-ordered it from the University of Pennsylvania’s computer store for the sweet academically-discounted price of US$1799. (Aaah, the perks that come with the US$40,000 tuition!). At that point they told me it would come in “early February.”
Alas, later visits revealed that the first batch of MacBooks was pushed back by Apple to “late February,” and then even further to “the first week in March.” God knows if it will be pushed back even further…meanwhile my ancient TiBook is apparently trying to see how many components it can make malfunction before I throw it out the window (currently eight busted parts and counting).
Why the delays?
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It appears that Apple.com is not the only store now reporting longer delays for the arrival of the MacBook Pro. Some retail stores are pushing back their delivery date as well.
The day his holy Steveness (peace be with him) announced the MacBook Pro, I pre-ordered it from the University of Pennsylvania’s computer store for the sweet academically-discounted price of US$1799. (Aaah, the perks that come with the US$40,000 tuition!). At that point they told me it would come in “early February.”
Alas, later visits revealed that the first batch of MacBooks was pushed back by Apple to “late February,” and then even further to “the first week in March.” God knows if it will be pushed back even further…meanwhile my ancient TiBook is apparently trying to see how many components it can make malfunction before I throw it out the window (currently eight busted parts and counting).
Why the delays? The staff at Penn’s computer store say they stem from Intel’s inability to meet the presumably staggering demand for Core Duo chips. They told me that Apple was not the only manufacturer with delays in bringing Core Duo-powered computers to market, and several other PC manufacturers were suffering similar delays due Intel’s inadequate supply. I haven’t been keeping track of other companies’ shipping dates (as if anyone gets excited over the release of a new Dell…), so I cannot verify this. Have any of you readers been keeping track?
Apparently MacBooks ordered through the Apple Store (like O’Grady’s) are still scheduled to ship in February, though. So what is the deal? Is education retail (or all bricks & mortar retail, perhaps) getting the short end of the supply stick? Or does Penn’s computer store exist in an unfortunate bubble of delays while the rest of the world gets their MacBooks on time?
Contributed by John A. Kneeland

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