Buying a MacBook Pro? You may have to wait until March
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It seems that even Apple with knowledge of the supply chain is still the victim of the persistent chip shortages. The company’s redesigned MacBook Pro line shows delivery times in weeks with high demand driving the delay. Fortunately, Apple’s other Mac models seem to ship within reasonable timeframes.
A look at Apple’s website for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models shows delivery times around mid to late February for the base M1 Pro models. Jumping for the pricier M1 Pro or the M1 Max increases shipping times to mid to late March.
Please note that this is for customers in the United States. MacRumors reports that UK and Canadian customers will now be able to see shipping dates between five and eight weeks.
These lengthy delays are almost certainly caused by a combination of high demand and the chip shortage caused by a pandemic. The M1 Pro and M1 Max processors in Apple’s professional laptops have received high praise for their performance and efficiency. Popular tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD), who used to lure an entire iMac Pro around airports, now comfortably does video editing on the new MacBook Pro on the go. The combination of power and efficiency has prompted many professional Mac users to upgrade their setups despite higher prices.
But while more and more people are trying to order a new MacBook Pro, Apple can’t escape the reality of the chip shortage. The company has had to scale back iPad production to meet demand for the new iPhone 13, extending wait times for the iPad. Even then, iPhone 13 production was temporarily halted in October as workers were given time off.
However, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Several companies have indicated that we may be nearing the end of the shortfall. Nvidia has been trying to fine-tune its supply chain relationships to support components for 2022. dr. Lisa Su, AMD’s CEO, seemed confident that the deficit will improve in the second half of 2022. Intel was somewhat pessimistic, saying the deficit may not end until 2023 at the earliest.
At the very least, Apple’s products do not appear to be subject to unavailability such as graphics cards and game consoles. You can still order a new MacBook Pro from their website right now, you may not get it until March.