Despite of the rather high price, Apple’s latest Mac Pro cylindrical workstation is still very hard to get. Previously it was reported that Apple’s retail stores would only start selling the new PCs in March or April. Now it turns out that even online Apple store in will not be able to ship the latest Apple desktops for many weeks.
Initially, Apple promised to ship its Mac Pro in December. Shortly after it began to sell the new desktop PCs online, it started to notify about delays of shipments to February, 2014. At present, the company’s online store in the U.S. claims that Mac Pro workstations that are pre-ordered now will only be delivered sometimes in March (no exact date given), which essentially means yet another delay.
Apple postpones shipments of Mac Pro not only in the U.S. Apple’s online stores for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) as well as Asia Pacific (APAC) regions also promise to ship Mac Pro workstations sometimes in March, according to MacRumours web-site.
Apple’s new Mac Pro uses many proprietary components and is assembled in the USA. Given that configurations of Mac Pro systems differ, manufacturing capacities in the U.S. may be limited and the demand for the new workstation may be extremely high early in the lifecycle, it is possible that Apple simply cannot produce enough units.
Back in late 2012 Apple faced shortages of its iMac all-in-one desktops that were made both in the U.S. and China. The iMacs also feature brand-new ultra-slim design and proprietary components.
The new Apple Mac Pro can be powered by four-core, six-core, eight-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors, running at Turbo Boost frequencies up to 3.9GHz. The new Mac Pro ECC DDR3 memory runs at 1866MHz in quad-channel mode, which provides up to 60GB/s of memory bandwidth, twice that of the previous generation Mac Pro. Two workstation-class AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with up to 12GB of video memory provide up to 7TFLOPS of compute power and up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro. The latest workstation from Apple also features PCIe-based solid-state storage that delivers sequential read speeds up to whopping 1.2GB/s, which is more than double the SATA III based solid-state drives used today. The price of the new Mac Pro starts at $2999 (£2499 in the U.K.).
KitGuru Says: Apple sells around four million Macintosh PCs per quarter and it is not a secret that the lion’s share of Macs are notebooks. While it is possible that a lot more existing Mac Pro owners decided to upgrade to a new system than Apple expected, it looks like the company in some cases regularly cannot produce enough desktops to fulfill demand.