When Can We Buy In Store

techspin

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Have there been any announcements on when the new MBPs will be available for purchase at the Apple store? Or am I better off ordering online with the estimated 3-4 week shipping time?
 

Goldfrapp

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Not until majority of pre-orders gets fulfilled, which is a couple of months give or take.

So, to answer your question: mid-December
 

Capt T

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If you are looking for the base models you may get lucky starting the 17th of November.
 

terminator-jq

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This topic seems to be coming up a lot lately. Apple really should have mentioned the retail release date at the keynote.

I've been checking daily for the "Store Pickup" option. The base 13" models (non touchbar version) is now available at some Apple Stores. I'd assume that the models with Touchbar should be available later this week or next week but the quantities will probably be very limited until Apple catches up.

You may have more luck with Best Buy or other retailers.
 

nomoresecrets

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Apple Store near me had no idea when they would be available. The guy I spoke to guessed it wouldn't be until end of November or early December.
 

Smoovejayy

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I'd assume that the models with Touchbar should be available later this week or next week but the quantities will probably be very limited until Apple catches up.

You may have more luck with Best Buy or other retailers.
Apple better not allow customers to buy touchbar MBPs before we get ours. It's not fair. Well, if they want base models, fine... I suppose...
 
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brynsmith23

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I would say your local apple store will have stock on launch day.

It will be very limited, like the iPhone and iPad launches.

It will only be the basic models that they normally keep in store.

Built to Order is online only, with the option to delivery or pick up in store.

You might get lucky if you walk in and ask....

I noticed when i placed my Build to Order, the in store pick up was 25th, where as the delivery was 17th-22th.
 

terminator-jq

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you mean like all the iphone pre orders got filled before they showed up in stores?
For every product release, Apple has always made quantities available for their retail store. A large majority of people (like myself) like to receive a product immediately after paying for it. It will be very limited but it will be there. In the example of the iPhone 7 for instance, some people who used in store pickup were able to get their iPhone 7 models before the people who ordered online. That being said, the majority of inventory will be reserved for people who pre-ordered. If I had to guess, the first batch may be 100% exclusive to those who have pre-ordered. However, after that, I'm sure they will send a few units to their top performing retail stores.

The only bad thing about picking up in store is that you are stuck with the base configurations. So if you wanted 16gb of RAM on the 13" you may be out of luck until December.
 

Lobwedgephil

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All of the in store pickup dates that I saw were November 25th, so my guess is that is when they will be in stores. Who knows for sure though.
 

Eggtastic

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With that said (not to hi-jack the thread, sorry OP)...

Do the stores have the touch bar ones on display to check out?
 

terminator-jq

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With that said (not to hi-jack the thread, sorry OP)...

Do the stores have the touch bar ones on display to check out?
After the Apple event, I talked to someone at the Apple Store. He said display units would be arriving sometime this week. Some stores already have display units but they are behind glass. Maybe as more inventory becomes available, we'll see more display out and available to play with.

One things for sure, Apple better ramp up production quick to not miss potential Black Friday sales. As the biggest retail day of the year, it would be pretty stupid of Apple to not have any stock available in their stores. Although I doubt we'll see any deals on theses for Black Friday. The 2015 models should see a nice discount though.
 

Queen6

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It will be the same as the Retina MacBook, possibly worse. Richest company in the world yet unable to stock it`s own stores for months. Apple doesn't care as they know your compelled to purchase if you want to remain in the macOS environment, very much exemplifies Apples attitude to the customer in 2016. Given the price and Spec I absolutely want to see and try one first hand, equally my gut feeling is to steer clear until the 2nd Gen and let Apple work the kinks out for a year or so.

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After the Apple event, I talked to someone at the Apple Store. He said display units would be arriving sometime this week. Some stores already have display units but they are behind glass. Maybe as more inventory becomes available, we'll see more display out and available to play with.

One things for sure, Apple better ramp up production quick to not miss potential Black Friday sales. As the biggest retail day of the year, it would be pretty stupid of Apple to not have any stock available in their stores. Although I doubt we'll see any deals on theses for Black Friday. The 2015 models should see a nice discount though.
Behind Glass o_O is the new MBP that precious, or is Apple afraid that typing on the KB will break it :rolleyes: Hmm smells more Sales & marketing BS from Apple to elevate the MBP to a higher status or the code is borked and they need more time to sort is out before release :oops:

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techspin

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So the shipping/pickup estimate for the config I chose is December 13. :confused: Maybe the stores will have some when preorders arrive later in November.

In the meantime, I'll go play with the noob touchbarless model at the store tomorrow.
 

Branflaakes

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I suspect Apple divides the Assembly line for BTO preorder models vs. Standard config preorder models, with the standard config models having the bulk of the assembly line. Therefore, the bulk of inventory is obviously of standard configs for the 13" and 15" respectively, and why there is a wait time for a BTO model, even a year after. If you check out Apple stores and shipping times of almost every product at any time of the year, you'll see Standard config models ship within one day, and are typically available at Apple stores or Best Buy for same store pickup. If you want a build-to-order model, you need to wait for on-the-site assembly in China. Therefore, my logic is relatively sound. Based on this logic, however, it is safe to assume

Standard config models have quite the chance to start appearing in stores before or around the same time that some build-to-order pre-ordered models get delivered.
 

Queen6

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Personally I miss the days of walking into the store, chatting with the staff and picking up a new Mac in matter of days of release. To me it was all part of the experience & excitement of purchasing a new Mac. I certainly don't like the way Apple currently release new Mac`s; announce with drama, backlogged internet sales, 2-3 months later store actually physically stocked with appropriately.

Am sure it save`s Apple money and adds to the margin, however Apple exec`s can say what they please, as it definitely does not enhance my experience with Apple, if anything it sours it a little...

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AdonisSMU

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This topic seems to be coming up a lot lately. Apple really should have mentioned the retail release date at the keynote.

I've been checking daily for the "Store Pickup" option. The base 13" models (non touchbar version) is now available at some Apple Stores. I'd assume that the models with Touchbar should be available later this week or next week but the quantities will probably be very limited until Apple catches up.

You may have more luck with Best Buy or other retailers.
Just because people camp outside for iPhones/iPads doesn't mean they will for MacBook Pros. MacBooks are simply not that type of device. Plus the price point to get one is so much higher. I'm not sure why Apple acts like people spending $1500+ on computers don't deserve to get some service. I suspect they are just being cheap again and trying to run out their liberal return policy.

I prefer to buy Apple devices from the Apple store in the configuration I want. MSFT and others are perfectly happy to sell me their latest kit in store. I think Angela doesn't understand that many Apple users like to go to the store as it creates a human connection and keeps people buying over and over again. Once you lose the human connection you've lost the sale or future sales entirely.

All of these little dings add up. Some policies that work for the iPhone don't necessarily work out as well for other products. When people are spending $1500 they deserve an in store experience at launch.
 
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Queen6

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Just because people camp outside for iPhones/iPads doesn't mean they will for MacBook Pros. MacBooks are simply not that type of device. Plus the price point to get one is so much higher. I'm not sure why Apple acts like people spending $1500+ on computers don't deserve to get some service. I suspect they are just being cheap again and trying to run out their liberal return policy.

I prefer to buy Apple devices from the Apple store in the configuration I want. MSFT and others are perfectly happy to sell me their latest kit in store. I think Angela doesn't understand that many Apple users like to go to the store as it creates a human connection and keeps people buying over and over again. Once you lose the human connection you've lost the sale or future sales entirely.

All of these little dings add up. Some policies that work for the iPhone don't necessarily work out as well for other products. When people are spending $1500 they deserve an in store experience at launch.
Very well put; I hardly visit the Apple Store`s these days as in general Apple has little on the shelf of interest worth purchasing. Today for a change it does, however once again no physical stock for several months being the expectation. The only difference is now I expect this poor service of Apple. These days my opinion is that Apple very much serves Apple first and foremost, with the customer being way down the line.

The news design of Apple Store`s sounds even worse with ever less items on shelves. Absolutely agree once you break the human/personal connection you've lost the sale or future sales entirely. In my case I would likely be spending a minimum of $3300 15" MBP and possibly base 13" MBP or not as the case may be, I very much agree we do deserve an in store experience at launch, definitely not just a display model in a glass box o_O

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ahoydecoy

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On a similar note, how long do you think the 4-5 week delivery window will last? If I make my order in about 4 weeks when orders have started to be fulfilled, will I still have to wait a month or will supply be coming around quicker by then?
 
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