Apple Delaying Early Retina MacBook Pro Orders for Some Business Customers

retinambpMacRumors has received word today from several customers who have received emails from Apple indicating that their launch-day purchases of Retina MacBook Pro machines through Apple's enterprise sales channel have been delayed by up to a month. The customers had been quoted shipping estimates of 7-10 business days at the time of ordering, but today's emails from Apple cite new shipping dates of on or before July 25.

Dear Apple Customer,

Thank you for your recent order.

Purchase Order#: xxxxxxxxxx
Sales Order#: xxxxxxxxxx
Ship-to Zip Code: xxxxx

Due to an unexpected delay, we are unable to ship the following item(s) by the date that you were recently quoted:

Z0ML, MBP 15.4/CTO
will now ship on or before
Jul 25, 2012

Please note that product availability can change rapidly, and it is possible that your order may ship much sooner than we anticipate. You may even receive a shipment confirmation between the time we send this email and the time that you read it.

It is unclear exactly what is triggering the delays in shipping estimates, although all of those who contacted MacRumors about the delay indicated that they had customized the high-end model with 768 GB of solid-state storage but did not upgrade from the stock 2.6 GHz processor.

The Retina MacBook Pro has been in high demand since its introduction during the keynote of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, with shipping estimates slipping to 2-3 weeks within hours of launch before settling at 3-4 weeks a day later. Estimates have remained at that 3-4 week timeframe since that time.

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Top Rated Comments

faroZ06 Avatar
156 months ago
This used to happen with the iPhones, but MBPRs?? The economy must not be as bad as people make it out to be.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SiriusExcelsior Avatar
156 months ago
It's tough to manage 5+ million very small people for each and every panel. Be patient.

I hope you mean 5+ million very small pixels.. otherwise we're going to have another investigation into Apple/Foxconn's (child) labour practices ;)
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
156 months ago
Mine was supposed to be delivered by Friday at the earliest, but it got here on Tuesday morning! UPS said it was in Shanghai at about 3pm—then it was at my door at 8am CDT. It was crazy—I was so confused when someone was knocking on my door this morning! Now that's some fast shipping.

I love this thing. I can't put it down. Even my wife said "You know, I usually don't care about computer stuff at all—but that's the nicest screen I've ever seen!" You know your product is amazing when someone like my wife takes notice—usually she doesn't give two craps about the latest "MacPro Book". I think I saw some drool on her face today. Maybe I'll pick up an Air for her when they go retina.

Some of my observations today:

[LIST=1]
* OMG I CAN SEE FOREVER
* It runs much cooler idle than my early 2011. Like 30-40 degrees from my limited testing.
* It's really hard to get the fan up to speed. Only time I did was when I tested Skyrim Cider at 2880 Ultra. It was mostly playable on an emulator!
* The display really is less glossy. Had both machines side by side and could barely see the blinds behind me on the new one.
* Everything is INSTANT ON. There is no waiting around.
* Graphics are smoother than I expected. For instance, sliding between desktop spaces is buttery smooth for me even at the top 1920 scaled mode. On my old system, the 1920 native on my external monitor is jittery/laggy as I slide the mouse between desktop spaces. Everything seems to snap into place faster.
* My 512GB SSD read is 450MB/s and write is 400MB/s
* USB 3.0 works great. I've got a 7-port hub running my three drives, card reader, 2.0 hub for printer, wacom, etc and a usb audio device so I only have to plug one cord into my computer! Well besides the power. It's like a poor man's Thunderbolt dock. Two of my three drives are 3.0 capable and the margins over FireWire are only about 20%-30% faster at this point—though my G-Drive is using an eSATA to USB 3.0 adapter. Not sure if that's slowing it down any. The GoFlex wasn't a whole lot faster than before.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ender21 Avatar
156 months ago
Why not just grab one in a local Apple Store?

Not all configurations are available in local stores. I'm a business customer and my local store has called me several times to let me know they have a "very limited supply now in stock," yet all of their in-stock configurations have been limited to 8GB of RAM.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Prof. Avatar
156 months ago
It'll be interesting to see what their rMBP sales are when they release the report.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iBug2 Avatar
156 months ago
Funny that Microsoft gives beta stuff away for free, and Apple charges top dollar for it.

Yeah right...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360_technical_problems
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)