MacBook Pro Display Component Shortages Strangling Supply?

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According to AppleInsider, a supply shortage of the LED-backlit displays powering Apple's latest MacBook Pros are the cause of continuing shipping delays. In addition, the site reports that third party retailers have seen virtually non-existent stock of the units.

Some high-volume Apple dealers tell AppleInsider that thousand of units have remained on backorder since early June, while others claim they've yet to receive a single shipment of the new notebooks. In speaking to these dealers, Apple representatives have reportedly identified the new 15-inch LED backlit display panels as the root of the problem.
Apple has not specified whether quality-assurance related yield issues are to blame, or rather it is simply a case of production not being fully ramped up for a relatively new technology.

Currently, Apple's U.S. Online Store cites a 7-10 day ship time for 15" base configurations.

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PDE

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For those who need one right now, Amazon.com has them in stock with free shipping and no tax.. I gave up waiting for the apple store to receive them (three weeks now with no stock of the 2.2ghz version) and just ordered from Amazon.
 

MindBrain

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Waaaah Waaaah

OHH Boo Hoo spoiled brats have to wait 7 - 10 days for their shipment. Bunch of cry babys.
 

AlBDamned

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The repair/quality issue has to be a factor somewhere here. If an abnormal number of people are sending back two, three or four machines (which judging by the number of threads on the issue there are a lot of cases) then it's going to play havoc with the availability, not to mention the screens may have an inherent problem which has to be fixed (like the XBOX 360's billion dollar problem).
 

PDE

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The repair/quality issue has to be a factor somewhere here. If an abnormal number of people are sending back two, three or four machines (which judging by the number of threads on the issue there are a lot of cases) then it's going to play havoc with the availability, not to mention the screens may have an inherent problem which has to be fixed (like the XBOX 360's billion dollar problem).
very true. I've had three already....fourth coming on Friday! Yippeeee, Apple quality is a joke.
 

DsurioN

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I doubt this has much to do with apple but rather the quality and quantity of components shipped from their suppliers. There must be some design flaw in this relatively new LCD screen technology that they haven't corrected yet.
 

AidenShaw

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My sister was able to pick one up at a store no problem. I would check with Apple Stores first if you want one.
Nice to see that Apple fully supports their channel partners.

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I doubt this has much to do with apple but rather the quality and quantity of components shipped from their suppliers.
No - since Apple chose the suppliers it is Apple's problem.

If your new Apple arrived with a bad disk - would you be happy if all Apple did was to give you Fujitsu's toll-free service number? If you have a bad backlight, would you be happy if Apple gave you Samsung's service desk number? If the memory is bad, would Micron's email address be enough?

If Apple didn't do the QA work on the components - it's Apple's fault.
 

Rocketman

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To me, the major takeaway of this story is that Steve Jobs is still at the bleeding edge of several technologies within the construct of Apple.

Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it "gets you". For the most part, overall, it is a case of "barely" UPOD by Steevie and a short list of apologies.

He may be close to the vest and also on the edge of the presapice, but he is winning and rarely gets screwed.

Rocketman

I wonder how long these screen suppliers will be "preferential" :)
 

uNext

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I knew it
New led displays=new problems.
People where dying for the amazing new led panels to come out
and now those amazing led panels are here and people are still havin led issues.
Apple quality dropped while their market share gained. Sad that when a company share/market increases their product quality decreases.
 

AlBDamned

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I doubt this has much to do with apple but rather the quality and quantity of components shipped from their suppliers. There must be some design flaw in this relatively new LCD screen technology that they haven't corrected yet.
To clarify, it doesn't have anything to do with Apple's manufacturing because Apple doesn't actually manufacture any hardware. What it does have to with Apple is Apple's component quality testing and the decision to include such new technology in this model, effectively making the SR MPB with LED screen a Rev A product.

Looking at it that way and Apple's recent history of Rev A products, the current problems are to be expected, if not entirely acceptable.
 

MrSmith

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Looking at it that way and Apple's recent history of Rev A products, the current problems are to be expected, if not entirely acceptable.
Therein lies the problem: Having problems has become acceptable. This kind of situation would not be accepted with any other product, so why computers? Since when is it acceptable for testing to be carried out by consumers?
 

AlBDamned

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Not OLED, LED. Big difference.
Corrected above. Am at this moment reading an OECD technology report and got my acronyms mixed up :eek:

Therein lies the problem: Having problems has become acceptable. This kind of situation would not be accepted with any other product, so why computers? Since when is it acceptable for testing to be carried out by consumers?
Most, if not all, brand new products have a failure rate of some kind. It's not acceptable so much as it is a way of life. The problem I think you're getting at is that this increasing failure rate is now getting unacceptable/stupid?
 

MrSmith

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Most, if not all, brand new products have a failure rate of some kind. It's not acceptable so much as it is a way of life. The problem I think you're getting at is that this increasing failure rate is now getting unacceptable/stupid?
Exactly. It's less "I was obviously born unlucky" and more a regular forum thread.
 

rockosmodurnlif

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Therein lies the problem: Having problems has become acceptable. This kind of situation would not be accepted with any other product, so why computers? Since when is it acceptable for testing to be carried out by consumers?
Because virtually everyone knows its true. The hardware/software market is full of examples. Software/hardware is released that maybe feature complete and ready to go but first adopters are seen like test pilots.

I know I'm not installing Leopard until an update comes out, I'm sure there are a fair amount of people who feel the same way. When the first MacBook Pros came out, there were people waiting until the next revision to buy theirs. GMail, Firefox, all came out as betas, much like Safari did, which implies that there were still bugs to be worked out.

The iPhone just came out and I have read posts on people waiting for version to 2 to come out.

I think its just the way this industry is.
 

mrjk

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NOT LED Screens LED lights and LCD screens

Maybe, but 15.4" LED notebook screens are fairly new, wouldn't you say?
Apple sells no notebook with an LED screen, NONE. They have notebooks with new LED backlights for the same old LCD type screens they have been using all along. You may have meant this, but LED screens to me and a lot of others imply LED pixels, and that ain't the case here. Using an LED backlight is newer, but not that revolutionary or anything.
 

AlBDamned

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Apple sells no notebook with an LED screen, NONE. They have notebooks with new LED backlights for the same old LCD type screens they have been using all along. You may have meant this, but LED screens to me and a lot of others imply LED pixels, and that ain't the case here. Using an LED backlight is newer, but not that revolutionary or anything.
Fair enough, but I think in this context and thread about MacBook Pros - with "LED-backlit displays" fully detailed in the opening post – it's pretty clear what we're talking about... :rolleyes:
 

Rocketman

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Therein lies the problem: Having problems has become acceptable. This kind of situation would not be accepted with any other product, so why computers? Since when is it acceptable for testing to be carried out by consumers?
"Consumer funded development" is a 'feature' of bleeding edge technologies. I know. Look at my name. Get over it, or buy from Dell/HP/Lenovo.

BTW Dell has larger market share due to consumer risk adverse behavior.

Rocketman
 

orl2222

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A week is not along time to wait. i ordered a T61 Thinkpad from Lenovo ( I refuse to run windows vista on my Macbook pro) Lenevo took three months to deliver me my T61 with xp pre-installed.So, a week delay is not bad at all.