Forgot to Pre-Order Your MacBook Pro? Apple Store Pickup Is Now An Option

Pre-orders for Apple's new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models opened last Monday immediately after Apple's "Unleashed" event, and soon after, shipping estimates for all configurations began slipping by weeks and in some cases by over a month.

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If you weren't able to pre-order after Apple's event for whatever reason, there's still a chance to get a 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro when they launch on Tuesday.

In Australia, and in countries in Europe and East Asia that have Apple retail stores, 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros in the stock configurations are already listed as available for in-store pickup (update: in-store pickup is now available in the U.S. and Canada too). In the United Kingdom, for example, Apple's online store shows the following configurations as available to pick up in-store today.

  • 14-inch MacBook Pro
  • Silver/Space Gray
  • 8-Core CPU
  • 14-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 512GB SSD Storage
  • 67W USB-C Power Adapter
  • 14-inch MacBook Pro
  • Silver/Space Gray
  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 1TB SSD Storage
  • 96W USB-C Power Adapter

  • 16-inch MacBook Pro
  • Silver/Space Gray
  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 512GB SSD Storage
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter

  • 16-inch MacBook Pro
  • Silver/Space Gray
  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 1TB SSD Storage
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter

Availability wise, the only off-the-shelf model that doesn't appear to be widely available at U.K. retail stores is the top-spec 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max chip, 32-Core GPU, and 32GB of memory, which costs a combined £3,299 ($3,499). This exception is likely to be replicated in other stores and countries.

macbook store checkout bag
If you intend to pick up a new MacBook Pro, once you proceed to the checkout and click the blue "Checkout" button, select "I'll pick it up," then choose a store location, pickup date, and an available 15-minute check-in window from the options.

If you will be picking up the ‌MacBook Pro personally, enter your phone number. If someone else will be arranging the pickup, enter his or her contact information. The person making the pickup must be carrying a valid photo ID.

macbook pro in store pickup
Then, proceed with the checkout process as usual. Once payment has been made, wait until you receive a pickup notification email or text message before picking up the ‌MacBook Pro. If you don't receive one, call the store. Since the ‌MacBook Pro is paid for ahead of time, the store will hold the device in its back room until you arrive. Your order will be held for 14 days.

Of course, another option is to simply walk into an Apple store on Tuesday, preferably right when they open. In some instances, you may have to wait in line, but the queues have typically been shorter in recent years and shouldn't be anything like as long as iPhone launch days. Note that temperature checks and face masks may be required. You can use the pickup tool on Apple's website to check if stores in your local area have stock, or call the store directly.

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Top Rated Comments

MrGimper Avatar
9 months ago
Imagine my relief when I opened up my intel MBP 16” this morning, to find it still worked!

Who would have thought.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
9 months ago
Woo Hoo! Today is a very special day. Congratulations to everyone receiving their MacBook Pro!!!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wtc30 Avatar
9 months ago
Just ordered the base config for pick-up later today (Anchorage, AK). I’m bringing in an old macbook for trade-in credit - hoping they’ll refund the initial order, process the credit, then let me immediately repurchase.

Also, I was told at the store two days ago that they only list configurations as available for pickup if they have at least three available instore. So, even if the model you want isn’t showing as available for pick-up right now, the store may still have 1 or 2 for purchase if you show up in person.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eliott69 Avatar
9 months ago

Just checked French store: availability to pick up 16" M1 Max as long as you keep it 32 GB RAM and 1 TB SSD.
As soon as you change to 64 GB RAM or change to bigger SSD, it is not available for pick up
That's not correct. The 64 GB with 4TB is available in stores as of today (I checked several European countries including France). I'm picking up one tomorrow.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
raytsh Avatar
9 months ago

16 GB unified memory and 512 GB SSD on the 16-inch machine are a bit of a waste, I wonder why they even offer that configuration. Even 1 TB SSD is borderline, especially given it's non-upgradable.

You don't go buy a Porsche and then be like, "you know what, I think the 75 hp engine is going to be enough for me".
For me, it is all about the screen size. I would take a 16'' Air with 16GB/1TB, if it would be a thing. But as it is right now, a base line 16'' Pro is enough for me. It really depends on what you do with the device and what the preferences are.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iMaksim Avatar
9 months ago
A lot of cities in China have stock for top tier 16" MBP.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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