If you didn’t make a preorder for a new Macbook Pro, you might not be able to buy one until December or later.
On October 18, the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with the snazzy new M1 Pro or M1 Max CPUs were released. The laptops were instantly available for preorder, and customers who did so should receive their new laptops on October 26 as anticipated. However, if you wanted to buy one when the laptops were more readily accessible, you’ll have to wait until November or December, depending on the configuration you want.
On Apple’s website, the two available purchasing options for the 14-inch MacBook Pro set delivery dates between November. 16 and November. 23 as of October 24. The 16-inch laptop is available in three different configurations, with delivery dates ranging from November 23 to December 1. If you set the storage choices on any size laptop, delivery dates may be pushed back to December 23. While Apple hasn’t given an explanation for the months-long wait, it’s possible that it’s due to supply chain concerns. Apple’s last Intel laptop ran out of stock just before the release of the M1 MacBooks, implying that supply concerns existed even before the debut. Apple could have been lowering Intel stock in anticipation of the M1’s release.
Whether it’s due to a lack of supply or very high demand — or a mix of the two, with additional variables such as global shipping delays interfering — the latest MacBooks will be difficult to come by for at least a while. If you want to give one as a gift before Christmas, we recommend buying it as soon as possible to avoid any delays!