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Many Apple Stores Not Carrying Retina MacBook Stock on Launch Day

A significant number of users have turned to Twitter and other social networks to voice their frustration that Retina MacBook in-store stock and display models at many Apple Stores in the United States and other launch countries are nowhere to be found. MacRumors has independently confirmed that the Retina MacBook will be limited to online purchases in many locations around the world at launch.

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A spot check of several Apple Stores in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom resulted in us being given the same response about Retina MacBook stock being unavailable at each location, at least on launch day. April 10 is already an eventful day for Apple as Apple Watch pre-orders and in-store try-on appointments became available at 12:01 AM Pacific, so it is possible the MacBook is not a priority right now.

Retina MacBook shipping times also slipped especially quick out of the gate, with custom configured models available to ship in 3-4 weeks from the moment orders became available, and gold stock models following shortly thereafter. Apple's new 12-inch MacBook starts at $1,299 and features an ultra-thin design, one USB-C port, redesigned keyboard with an all-new butterfly mechanism, Force Touch trackpad, fanless architecture and all-day battery life.

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19 months ago
What's going on Angela Ahrendts?
Rating: 40 Votes
19 months ago
So you can't buy a Watch in the store, you can't look at the new MacBook in the store...

What's the point of building hundreds of Apple Stores if you can't actually buy anything in them?!
Rating: 27 Votes
19 months ago

Wow disappointing, while I'm not a fan of the product, I did want to check it out.


The product has no fans.
:D
Rating: 20 Votes
19 months ago
To me, Apple was not clear on this or the Apple Watch's availability.

Saying "available on 4/10/15" leads many (most) people to think you can actually get one, not just preorder.
Rating: 18 Votes
19 months ago
Even Apple are embarrassed by the connectivity challenged MacBook.
Rating: 18 Votes
19 months ago

To me, Apple was not clear on this or the Apple Watch's availability.

Saying "available on 4/10/15" leads many (most) people to think you can actually get one, not just preorder.


That means the 4th October to the rest of the world, I do hope they are available by then. ;)
Rating: 17 Votes
19 months ago
Very frustrating and a poor show from Apple.

Even the staff at my local store were confused...
Rating: 16 Votes
19 months ago
The new MacBook: so thin that you can't even see it in our store.
Rating: 16 Votes
19 months ago

Sounds like a manufacturing issue not a distribution issue. I kinda expected it for the watch, not so much for the Mac Book.

For the Mac Book I see this as a sign that either demand is much higher than expected or that Apple hasn't been able to ramp up production as fast as they may have wanted.


demand is so high it's preventing them from having any demos?
Rating: 10 Votes
19 months ago

Delays are to be expected w. Apple launches. Supply and demand. So many whiners and complainers on this board that can't get their new toys today. Poor things.


Fair enough running out of stock, but not having any display models to test out is crazy.

Who would buy a new MacBook without playing around with it for a while? The same people that would buy a dog turd if it had an Apple logo I suppose...
Rating: 10 Votes

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