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German Retailer Begins Taking Mac Pro Pre-Orders, Claims December 16 Availability [Updated]

At its October media event, Apple narrowed down the launch window for its redesigned Mac Pro to "December", but with the month having already begun the company has yet to announce a more specific launch date.

"Jetzt vorbestellen" = "Pre-order now"

German retailer Conrad Electronic has, however, now begun taking pre-orders [Google Translate] for the two stock configurations of the new Mac Pro, citing availability of Monday, December 16.

It is unclear what Conrad is basing its availability citation on, but it appears to be the first specific claim of a launch date from a retailer, something many potential customers have been waiting for. Availability of the new Mac Pro is likely being constrained by new Intel Ivy Bridge-EP processors that were officially launched in September but which have apparently been somewhat slow to ramp up production.

"Available from December 16, 2013"

Holiday shopping considerations would be less of a factor for the new Mac Pro than for most of Apple's other products, given the professional focus of the machine, but the end-of-the-month holiday season could present some logistical issues for Apple given employee vacations and other factors.

Also unclear is what kind of volumes the new Mac Pro will ship in at launch. If supplies are tightly constrained as it appears they may be, shipping dates may quickly slip into early 2014 with only a small number of units making their way to retailers and customers before the end of the year.

Update: French site MacGeneration posted a Tweet earlier this week claiming that delivery to customers may come on December 18, which could be in line with December 16 shipping availability.

Update 2: Conrad has removed its Mac Pro pre-order pages.

(Thanks, Martin!)

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68 months ago
*Get's safari push notification and races to be first to comment* ...*loses*
Rating: 10 Votes
68 months ago
Just ordered 5 can't wait
Rating: 9 Votes
68 months ago
Three thousand euros for a quad core. Ouch.
Rating: 9 Votes
68 months ago
I have a feeling people complaining about price have no idea how much components in that thing cost.

Here's a little challenge:

Try to do a virtual build of a workstation with components that are as close as possible. Don't come up with unrelated components like i7s or GeForce cards that you personnally consider "good enough". Use actual workstation components that are technically as close as possible as what the Mac Pro offers.

You can even not match the fancy aluminium case, 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports and "Assembled in USA" factor, let's assume all of those things have absolutely no value to you and you only want equivalent internal components.

Post the price you come up with and see how that compares to the Mac Pro.
Rating: 8 Votes
68 months ago

Ouch. Gotta love that Apple markup for what is fairly standard desktop spec nowadays.


Please elaborate on how the Mac Pro is fairly standard desktop spec. You are welcome to use real world examples from competitors.
Rating: 8 Votes
68 months ago

Ouch. Gotta love that Apple markup for what is fairly standard desktop spec nowadays.


Dual workstations graphic cards, PCIe SSD, Thunderbolt 2, standard on your average desktop computer?!?
Rating: 7 Votes
68 months ago
Hoping the new Thunderbolt Display(s) will also be released December 16th. :)
Rating: 6 Votes
68 months ago
Hmm... can't decide between a new 6-core Mac Pro or else one of the 2GB iPod shuffles.
Rating: 5 Votes
68 months ago
I don't want to come across as the "typical Apple apologist", but I do sometimes wonder if my fellow Europeans live on the same continent as I do.

I don't know if you guys noticed, but we pay more for pretty much everything when compared to the US, so I don't really get the rage and shock on these forums whenever Apple releases any new products.

Xbox One?

How did $499 in the US (£305 pounds) become £429 in the UK? Obviously you would never get that exchange rate and you would have to add in the overseas transaction charge and so forth (around £12-14 for this sort of amount).

Dell U2713hm - £425. In the US? $600 (£366) in the US.

I can keep going like this. This is true for nearly everything and especially electronics. Have you checked the prices of new European cars in the US versus their prices in Europe?

Also, don't forget that in Europe we actually get a better/longer warranty without Applecare than the guys in the US do, even though Apple tries to pretend it does not exist.

To the guy from Sweden complaining about his local prices: have you seen the prices of alcohol in Sweden? I would rather be complaining about that. :D


Are the US prices including VAT? (2,999 & 3,999?)

If the prices are including VAT I will board a plane and take a two week holiday in Las Vegas and stay at the MGM Grand for the savings I did on the highest end BTO.

Question: Can I go into a Apple store and order BTO? And then Pay it there and have it delivered there?

(Here they are 4000 & 5500 USD)

No, they do not have VAT in the US, but they do have sales tax (in some states). These prices do not include sales tax, however you can buy in some states that do not have sales tax. I believe Texas is one of them for example.

For those complaining about prices in the US, or anywhere for that matter, I would challenge you to spec a computer with a PCIe SSD capable of around 1250 MB/s, a Xeon e5-1620 v2 CPU (or the e5-1650 v2 for the 6 core model) and 1866 MHz ECC RAM. The comparison becomes difficult since we don't know exactly what the D300/D500 and D700 is. We can only guess based on the specifications that Apple gave us.
Rating: 4 Votes
68 months ago


Well of course not.

Apple never releases on a Monday.

This should have been obvious to you when the article was first posted. :D
Rating: 3 Votes

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