The stories of backed-up shipping times for Apple’s highly-touted 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pros have reached across the pond, with The Inquirer reporting that the shipping time for online orders in the United Kingdom have slipped to three to four weeks.
These laptops feature a slimmer chassis, upgraded internal components and the aforementioned Retina Display that has a screen resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels. However, these features do not come cheap. In the U.K., the model equipped with a 2.3GHz Intel Ivy Bridge CPU costs £1,799, while the 2.6GHz model costs £2,299.
Despite the price, both models are no longer available for immediate shipping, indicating that stocks at Apple retail locations across the country have been all but depleted. This is largely similar to the situation in the United States, where the shipping times for the next-generation MacBook Pro slipped to two-to-three weeks within just three days of the new laptops’ unveiling at the Worldwide Developers Conference.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimated that Apple’s initial manufacturing run of the 15-inch MacBook Pro will provide it with 300,000 units to sell within this month. If the implications of the slipping shipping dates in both the U.K. and the U.S. are true, then this batch of new machines has already been sold out.
Whether or not Apple purposely manufactured smaller numbers of the new laptop to spur demand, it’s plain to see that the new MacBook Pro is an unbridled success. It remains to be seen if the rumored 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will be released to similar retail performance, but if these results are any indication, Apple’s laptop is likely to have a good year at retail.