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IDG News Service reports that Intel continues to struggle with shortages of its new Arrandale processors, causing price spikes for companies not under contract with Intel looking to buy the chips on the open market.
The shortfall is in Intel's new laptop microprocessors codenamed Arrandale, including some Core i3 and Core i5 chips. The shortage has caused chip buyers to bid the price of the microprocessors up to a 20 percent premium over contract prices on the open market, according to U.S. chip distributor Converge. The shortage hit in March and will last throughout April, the company added in a monthly research report.
Apple utilizes Arrandale Core i5 and i7 chips in its 15" and 17" MacBook Pro models released last week. Apple had reportedly planned to release the new models last month, but the Intel chip shortages resulted in Apple pushing back the launch to the middle of this month as it looked to firm up its supplies of the necessary chips.

For its part, Apple looks to have secured a steady supply of Arrandale processors through its contracts with Intel. The company continues to offer 24-hour shipping windows for all Arrandale-based MacBook Pro standard configurations through its online stores in much of the world, although the mid-range 15" model appears to be experiencing delays of up to 5 business days in Europe. It is unknown whether those delays are due to chip shortages or other factors, as other MacBook Pro models using the same processors are still showing quick turnaround times.

Custom orders of the 15" MacBook Pro have, however, been reported to be seeing some delays in many markets. Apple's new high-resolution display option on the 15" models seems to be a primary source of those delays, although even basic RAM upgrades are showing shipping windows of 5-7 business days for some models.

Article Link: Shortages of Intel's Arrandale Chips Continue, But Apple Maintains Short Shipping Windows on Standard MacBook Pros
 

Enigma55

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Well I must have lucked out then. I custom ordered an i7 15 inch with the high res glossy display and it came two days ahead of schedule. I ordered it last Wednesday evening and it arrived this Wednesday...
 

lewchenko

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Delays in Europe huh...

maybe they gave the european stock to the US like they did the iPad..

or

less demand in Europe due to the price hikes (again) despite the currencies being stronger than they were at the last update.
 

oberonx

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Nov 4, 2007
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1 to 5 weeks on 13' Macbook Pro

My girlfriend just ordered a Macbook Pro 13' from the Apple Store UK and the delivery time said to between 1 to 5 weeks, which seems strangely long considering it has the old Core Duo 2 processor and no custom options. Is this normal for the UK or is it just me (or possibly my gf is talking crap and got it wrong)?
 

RaZaK

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Jul 13, 2008
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wow

after reading this article, I'm glad that i ordered my i7 early.
 

RaZaK

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Delays in Europe huh...

maybe they gave the european stock to the US like they did the iPad..

or

less demand in Europe due to the price hikes (again) despite the currencies being stronger than they were at the last update.

most of Europe delays were caused by the Iceland Volcano, though
 

aiqw9182

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This is the reason why it's better to have multiple chip suppliers. The sooner AMD gets on board the better.
 

Jaro65

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No surprise also that the 15" high-res screen is in short supply. If I were to upgrade my MBP, that's also most likely what I would get.
 

kiljoy616

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And those price hikes get passed to the consumer...

Yes they do and that why you should not buy. Wait a little while and they will come down, this is normal.

Can't wait then you have to pay the piper its the name of the game.

Maybe another reason Apple may want ARM. Waiting makes fanboys mad.
 

sammich

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And those price hikes get passed to the consumer...

But lucky for us, Apple doesn't change it's pricing for it's computers until a revision.

EDIT: oh yeah, but if they had the price hikes already calculated into the current price, then that would be a problem, but the prices for the new MBP's are actually lower than the outgoing revision (in Australia, though where our dollar has been on a high for a long time).
 

kiljoy616

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most of Europe delays were caused by the Iceland Volcano, though

dam that volcano, it cause me to hurt my anterior tubular ligaments. :mad:

EU should invade Iceland and stop them from careless using of their volcano.
 

Dead Panda

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Apr 14, 2010
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Anyone else almost think that the title said:

"Apple Shipping Windows on Standard MacBook Pros"

I almost thought Apple began shipping Windows on their computers. Haha.

That's what I get for skimming too quickly. :rolleyes:
 

Eidorian

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Arrandale appers to be a much more difficult prospect compared to Core 2 ULV and CULV. Intel is aiming to have mobile Sandy Bridge parts out first next year.
 

JAT

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Actually, it should be "estimates" or similar, anyway. "Window" in this sense has a finite beginning and ending, like the time period that this particular model MBP will be for sale, 6-12 months, whatever it will be. Shipping a computer has a random beginning (whenever you decide to shop) and an ending a variable # of days after that. It's just not the right term.
 
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