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.

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"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.

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"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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iBreatheApple Avatar
138 months ago
*Get's safari push notification and races to be first to comment* ...*loses*
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CJM Avatar
138 months ago
Three thousand euros for a quad core. Ouch.
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BrockC Avatar
138 months ago
Just ordered 5 can't wait
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theSeb Avatar
138 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.
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pgiguere1 Avatar
138 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.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
linuxcooldude Avatar
138 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?!?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)