Retina MacBook Pro Shipping Estimates Improving for the First Time

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For the first time since its launch just over one month ago, Apple's Retina MacBook Pro has begun to see improvements in shipping estimates for new orders placed through the company's online store. The improvement has appeared first in Apple's Asia-Pacific markets, which have seen estimates move from 3-4 weeks to 2-3 weeks.




Shipping estimates in Apple's other main distribution regions of the Americas and Europe/Middle East/Africa remain at 3-4 weeks, but it is likely they will see similar improvements in the near future.

While Apple announced the Retina MacBook Pro as immediately available on its debut day of June 11, shipping estimates quickly slipped to 2-3 weeks by the end of the day and reached 3-4 weeks roughly 24 hours later. Estimates have remained steady at 3-4 weeks since that time until today's improvement in the Asia-Pacific channel.

Update: The improved 2-3 week estimates have now spread to the Americas and are beginning to filter into a number of European stores.

Article Link: Retina MacBook Pro Shipping Estimates Improving for the First Time
 

hellomoto4

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I don't know why anyone would wait 2-3 weeks when you could pick one up in store... I picked mine up in store on day two and asked a few questions about availability when I was there, for future reference. Apple often release what they've got for sale in the late afternoon, between 2 and 4pm. If you call up though, they'll say they've got nothing in stock.

Definitely recommend taking this route instead of waiting. You might be unlucky the first couple of days, but you'll get one quicker than 3 weeks! :apple:
 

eagandale4114

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I don't know why anyone would wait 2-3 weeks when you could pick one up in store... I picked mine up in store on day two and asked a few questions about availability when I was there, for future reference. Apple often release what they've got for sale in the late afternoon, between 2 and 4pm. If you call up though, they'll say they've got nothing in stock.

Definitely recommend taking this route instead of waiting. You might be unlucky the first couple of days, but you'll get one quicker than 3 weeks! :apple:
Some people want the base + 16 GB ram model or the 2.7/768/16 model which are not easily found in stores.
BTO is the only sure way to get some of these models.
 

isoMorpheus

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I don't know why anyone would wait 2-3 weeks when you could pick one up in store... I picked mine up in store on day two and asked a few questions about availability when I was there, for future reference. Apple often release what they've got for sale in the late afternoon, between 2 and 4pm. If you call up though, they'll say they've got nothing in stock.

Definitely recommend taking this route instead of waiting. You might be unlucky the first couple of days, but you'll get one quicker than 3 weeks! :apple:
Except there are folks for whom a trip to a store can be a big drag.
 

appleguy123

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I don't know why anyone would wait 2-3 weeks when you could pick one up in store... I picked mine up in store on day two and asked a few questions about availability when I was there, for future reference. Apple often release what they've got for sale in the late afternoon, between 2 and 4pm. If you call up though, they'll say they've got nothing in stock.

Definitely recommend taking this route instead of waiting. You might be unlucky the first couple of days, but you'll get one quicker than 3 weeks! :apple:
The difference in taxes alone between where I live and where the Apple store is makes this not worth it.
 

ChuckG

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The difference in taxes alone between where I live and where the Apple store is makes this not worth it.
Exactly. The best deal you can get right now is on Amazon for the 2.6/512/8 model for $2659.99 without paying sales tax (which may vary according to your location). That same config from Apple.com costs $3,079.90 after CA sales tax.

IMHO, for a first generation rMBP, it'd be wise to not opt for the tricked out model (2.7/768/16) unless you absolutely need it as component prices will inevitably drop and more advanced GPUs capable of keeping up with the Retina Display at 60fps become available in a year or two.

Update: The above mentioned rMBP is no longer available at the quoted price from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0074721BI/
 
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Still shows 3 - 4 weeks for me.

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I don't know why anyone would wait 2-3 weeks when you could pick one up in store... I picked mine up in store on day two and asked a few questions about availability when I was there, for future reference. Apple often release what they've got for sale in the late afternoon, between 2 and 4pm. If you call up though, they'll say they've got nothing in stock.

Definitely recommend taking this route instead of waiting. You might be unlucky the first couple of days, but you'll get one quicker than 3 weeks! :apple:
The stores only carry base models and a few slightly upgraded ones. The upgraded ones sell out very fast, even still.

Base models are pretty common.
 

foidulus

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Some people want the base + 16 GB ram model or the 2.7/768/16 model which are not easily found in stores.
BTO is the only sure way to get some of these models.
Hmm..maybe the situation is different based on location, but in Japan the only 16 gb models stores carry is the 2.7/768/16, which sucks because I do not want to spend that much money for an extra 256 gigs of flash space(esp. when with iCloud and itunes and whatnot I can download most of my big files from anywhere). I really wish they had any model with 16gb that didnt have the maxed out ssd....

And just as another anecdote/data point, the only 16gb small dog has in stock is the full maxed out one.
 

adeedew

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Since these are not upgradable your only option is to buy through the website and wait. I'm not sure because I've never wanted to order a MacBook Pro on launch date but this seems excessively long I ordered mine on launch day and it just shipped this week. Hope it's worth it
 

Fruit Cake

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My brother got the entry model on launch day, I think its nice, but in this day of age, 2499 is too much to pay for a laptop, ESP a non upgradable one.
 

hellomoto4

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Some people want the base + 16 GB ram model or the 2.7/768/16 model which are not easily found in stores.
BTO is the only sure way to get some of these models.
The stores only carry base models and a few slightly upgraded ones. The upgraded ones sell out very fast, even still.

Base models are pretty common.

Fair enough, I'll agree. I didn't really think about this since I just got a base model.

Except there are folks for whom a trip to a store can be a big drag.
Good point. I guess I just thought about those who could quite easily make it to an Apple Store.

The difference in taxes alone between where I live and where the Apple store is makes this not worth it.
Hmm, didn't even know about this since I am in AU and tax is set nationally, rather than state-wide.
 

StuLax18

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I'm really happy that the estimates have dwindled to 2-3 weeks in the Asia-Pacific store, but that really doesn't affect me at this time. :)
 

wickerman1893

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Not surprised. It's been a good month since launch. This is the usual time frame in which these start to slow down in order.
 

dieburnbot

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The retina macbook is useless to me. I use my laptop connected to an external monitor. If I want to use something portable I have an iPad. What I really want to see is their monitor lineup become retina or a retina iMac. :p
 

xxundrclssherox

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Feb 11, 2009
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Not just Asia/Pacific Anymore

Apple Store website is 2-3 weeks for me and I'm in Michigan, so looks like it's not just for Asia/Pacific anymore! Now hopefully my rMBP comes in sooner rather than later! =D
 
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