Retina MacBook Pro Sees Slipping Delivery Dates, Indicates Massive Demand

Good news for Apple fans, but bad news for potential buyers: despite having less than three days of availability, immediately-available stocks of the next-generation MacBook Pro with a high-resolution Retina display has apparently whittled down, leading to delays on the estimated shipping dates.

At Apple’s online store, both models of the new MacBook Pro are now estimated to ship in two to three weeks, suggesting that the company’s initial batch have already sold out.

This laptop was just announced on June 11 at the World Wide Developers’ Conference. Its defining characteristic is its 15.4-inch Retina display that has a 2880 x 1880 pixel screen resolution while touting better viewing angles, color reproduction and significantly reduced glare. The new MacBook Pro also has a thinner profile that measures only 0.71-inches edge-to-edge.

Internally, the new laptop features a selection of Core i7 quad-core processors based on Intel’s Ivy Bridge architecture, up to 16GB RAM and up to 768GB of solid-state storage. USB 3.0 ports, dedicated HDMI-out, a pair of Thunderbolt connectors and an integrated SDXC card reader round out the new model’s connectivity.

However, the laptop’s thinness comes at a price. The most notable victims of the next-generation MacBook Pro’s crash diet are its optical drive and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

Prices start at $2,199 for the 2.3GHz model with 256GB storage and 8GB RAM, while the 2.6GHz version with 512GB of storage and 8GB RAM costs $2,799.

In contrast, the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with the last-generation design but updated internal components are listed on Apple’s online store as “in stock,” indicating that they could be ready for immediate shipping.