Mac Pro Supplies Tightening as WWDC Approaches

Earlier this month, we reported that Apple resellers were seeing dwindling numbers of MacBook Airs, and it appears that many outlets are also experiencing low supplies of Apple's Mac Pro.

According to MacTrast, the entry level quad-core 3.2GHz Mac Pro is backordered or out of stock at a number of online stores, including MacMall, B&H Photo, CDW, PowerMax, Adorama, and J&R Electronics.

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Popular Apple reseller Amazon.com has just nine of the low end Mac Pros in stock, and other retailers like MicroCenter, Frys, and Best Buy also have limited supplies.

Dwindling product supplies at third-party Apple retailers is often an indication that a refresh is imminent and the Mac Pro may be a prime candidate for an update announcement at WWDC in June, as it has been more than 1,000 days since the product last saw a significant release.

The Mac Pro received a slight update at WWDC last year, which included a small processor bump. Many Apple customers were dissatisfied with the update, but an Apple spokesman later confirmed that a new Mac Pro would be introduced in 2013.

One issue for Apple is likely to be processor availability, as the company has traditionally used high-end Xeon chips from Intel in the Mac Pro. The next-generation Xeon chips, Ivy Bridge-E, are not expected until around September of this year, a date far enough off that it would be difficult for Apple to announce a new Ivy Bridge-E Mac Pro at WWDC but close enough that Apple would have a difficult time justifying use of the current Sandy Bridge-E chips that have already been on the market for quite some time.

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Top Rated Comments

The Samurai Avatar
101 months ago
Finally.
Score: 70 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aheying7 Avatar
101 months ago
Finally this will put an end to the constant whining on every thread.
Score: 69 Votes (Like | Disagree)
laflores Avatar
101 months ago
The new Mac Pro... 80% thinner and 60% lighter!
Score: 53 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Daalseth Avatar
101 months ago
WWDC would be the logical place for Apple to release an update to their Pro machine.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Stetrain Avatar
101 months ago
I think that this is a rare case where Apple would be good with announcing an update to an existing product line that won't ship for a while.

I think that August is about the earliest a new Mac Pro could ship if they are going to use the Ivy Bridge E5 Xeon processors.

An announcement at WWDC and a ship date of August-September might be better than silence.
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mac666er Avatar
101 months ago
Finally this will put an end to the constant whining on every thread.

Riiiight...

Unless it has 4 Titans and 4 12-core Xeons @ 5Ghz, has Blu-Ray, HBO and makes coffee for 3,000 USD after taxes... I don't see how the complaining will stop...

:p
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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