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Apr 12, 2001

Two weeks after Apple's redesigned MacBook Pro models launched, some configurations of the notebooks remain in tight supply.


While standard configurations of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models ordered through Apple's online store are estimated for delivery in the first week of December, many custom configurations are shipping in late December, and some are even backordered into 2022. In the United States, for example, a 14-inch MacBook Pro configured with an M1 Max chip, 64GB of unified memory, and a 512GB SSD is estimated for delivery by January 3.

In-store availability is also scarce at the moment, with many MacBook Pro configurations unavailable for Apple Store pickup around the world.


There are likely several factors behind the lengthy shipping delays, including strong demand for the new MacBook Pro models, an industry-wide chip shortage, and pandemic-related manufacturing disruptions. On an earnings call last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said supply constraints had an estimated $6 billion impact on Apple's revenue last quarter, and he said he expected the supply constraints to continue through the holiday season.

Key features of the new MacBook Pro models include Apple's M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, mini-LED displays with ProMotion for up to a 120Hz refresh rate, longer battery life, and the return of ports like an SD card slot, HDMI, and MagSafe. Pricing starts at $1,999 for the 14-inch model and at $2,499 for the 16-inch model in the United States.

Article Link: Some 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Models Backordered Into 2022


macrumors 68020
Jul 9, 2008

Mine is "by 12/31" so I just missed the cutoff. For tax reasons, I wanted to take delivery by end of year so I wasn't going to order one until December but bit the bullet so that I didn't get charged before the end of year.

I was at Apple Park last week and they had maxed out models in 2 and 4TB configurations of 16TB in stock so if you live in the Bay Area, you can just walk in and buy the higher end specs.


macrumors regular
May 16, 2021
M1 stuff is worth the wait tho. My M1 iMac functions wayyy better than my previous Macs. Had to wait three weeks to up the Ram, but glad I did.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 26, 2011
I ordered basic 14" config 16/512 online last Thurs and picked it up at Apple store Fri morning.


macrumors newbie
Jun 25, 2015
Dates have come forward in the UK - I'm looking at a 16" Full 32 GPU MAX with 64GB / 2TB - was saying very late December until yesterday, but now Dec 7-14 for delivery. Before the 64GB RAM was adding a week or so on all models, but now they all seem to have the same date for any BTO option, and a week earlier for stock configs.


macrumors G4
Nov 9, 2015
Silicon Valley, CA
Ouch! That was expected. Chip shortage is in full effects. ? Pro Max has been hit the hardest!

Folks, consider settling down for a base model. It offers enough power for everyday usage.
You’ll notice a 16” with Max, 32GB, 1TB high end model is saying Dec 2-9. But if one modifies the mid price 16” (Pro/16GB/1TB) to the same Max/32GB/1TB configuration it estimates Dec 20-27? Apple custom configuration doesn’t even match Custom to a standard build? You can repeat that customize for base 16” and get the same result. Their delivery estimate is badly broken. Why does Apple have three 16” standard builds you can customize totally?
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macrumors newbie
Jan 28, 2021
Meanwhile I walked into an Apple Store on Saturday morning and picked up a base 14-inch MBP. And they had the 16-inch in stock, too. This is right outside of Boston.
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macrumors 65816
Oct 14, 2007
Im getting the basic 14 inch macbook pro..ordered it on november 2nd, says delivery between november 24th and december 2nd..still says processing, my apple card has NOT been charged

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macrumors newbie
Oct 28, 2020
I got my 16/max/32/1tb on launch day, in Toronto, without preordering. Spent half an hour refreshing the website throught the day until I spotted this sku in stock for in person pickup at a nearby mall. These were popping up throught the day and were usually gone within minutes, but didnt need a bot to get one, just a bit of patience.

And glad I did. My xcode build times halved vs m1 and the screen is georgeous.
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macrumors 68020
Sep 20, 2014
I had a BTO that was as far out as late December (MBP 14 M1 Max 64GB / 2 TB). Kept checking the website and thankfully found the configuration I wanted for pickup at an Apple Store. Had to make a 2.5 hour drive but it was worth it!
This is common. Apple will mass produce a higher spec BTO option to stock their retail shops with. I would have been fine with a 16GB/512GB model MBA but those were two months out shipping. I caught a tip here in the forums from another user that Apple was routinely resupplying the 16/1TB model in store so I checked mine and sure enough it was available that day. Ten bucks for delivery and I had it a couple hours later. With Apple having to pick and choose what it puts out due to constraints I’m not shocked they’re going with the SKU’s that have a higher profit margin.


macrumors regular
Oct 8, 2018
When I decided on the standard $3500 MBP 16", it said shipment would't happen until the last week of November at the earliest. Then I just started checking the local Apple store's stock online. End result, I have had my MBP 16" for over a week now.

If you aren't near an Apple store or want a custom BTO configuration this isn't any help but clearly Apple is shipping standard configurations to their stores that are available for purchase.

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macrumors 65816
Oct 19, 2011
In the United States, for example, a 14-inch MacBook Pro configured with an M1 Max chip, 64GB of unified memory, and a 512GB SSD is estimated for delivery by January 3.
What an odd combo, though -- maximum memory and cores, but almost no SSD. Maybe they just want you to have some extra time to give your head a wobble.
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macrumors 68000
Jan 14, 2013
I feel rather lucky as I have gotten a fully maxed out 16" with 1TB on the 7th of november and it was scheduled for delivery between the 14 and the 24th of December but I just received a mail the shipping has been anticipated to December the 7th-14th.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 4, 2004
Madison, WI
I have a midrange 16" coming through work, but I get no details on the expected delivery date. I'm really looking forward to it, I postponed my scheduled replacement by over a year to get a real pro M1.
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