New MBP, not in store?

Kebabselector

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Certainly I couldn't any evidence of them in the Solihull store. What I did see was blank spaces where I assume the 11" MBA used to be. It appears to be a consistent feature of every new release - no demo stock.

Seems we have to rely on reviews as the retail experience is becoming a joke.
 

jamies90

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Non touch bar models are/were available for pick up from Covent Garden and Regent St this morning.

Regent St also had a touch bar model on display in a glass case.
 

Floris

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How do you guys check, you literally go to the store and see it, or can you check on their site somehow if they have demo models?

[edit] Called Apple Amsterdam, and they weren't interested in picking up. Guess I won't be checking them out today.
 
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Mr Fusion

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Agreed. The "shipping in 4-6 weeks" just after a major product announcement is pushing it. They should have waited another few weeks to announce it and have it ready to go within a week.

With such a long shipping timeframe, perhaps one of the reasons you don't see demo models in-store is for staff to avoid obnoxious questions like, "Well if you've got demo models, why does it take a month to get my hands on one?" or "Can I pleeeeeeeease just buy the demo model?"

At the same time, having previous-gen product in store just after a major announcement is embarrassing, and would probably raise a lot more obnoxious questions as well.

I now understand and appreciate why one's of Apple's previous keys to success was being able to get new products to their customers as quickly as possible after they are unveiled.
 

jamies90

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How do you guys check, you literally go to the store and see it, or can you check on their site somehow if they have demo models?
You can see if the non touch bar model is in stock by checking the pick up option when you add it to your basket on the Apple Store.

Sadly I don't think there's a way of checking whether a store has them on display.
 
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killawat

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It'll probably be another week before they're up. That was the case with the 2016 MacBook.
 

Floris

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I checked available for pick up -> zip code -> Amsterdam -> Pick up available on December 2nd.
So 4 weeks.
 

Floris

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What the hell does it matter if they are behind glass or not. Common Apple.
Let those who dump 3000 or 4000 euro on your machines at least touch it.
It's how you know you get what you pay for.

Oh, let's remove the kensington locks from iPhones , but.. put the mbp behind glass.
 

pshifrin

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They may not be on display, but they are in stock at some stores. I was in the mall this afternoon with my 7 year old son, who wanted to check out the xbox at the MS store (sorry!!) and then I dragged him to the Apple Store (White Plains, NY) to see if the base 13s were on display. I had ordered an upgraded 13 and wanted to try the keyboard and check out the screen in person. There were none on display. However... I noticed a customer unboxing one and going through setup. So, even though they are not on display they are there for purchase.

Funny thing at the MS store, a woman ran in frantic "where's the Apple Store" and they kindly directed her.
 

el-John-o

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None at the stores near me either. And they aren't sure when they are coming in. I already ordered mine but, I kind of wanted to check out the space grey; for a little validation I suppose.
 
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