Some 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Models Backordered Into 2022

Two weeks after Apple's redesigned MacBook Pro models launched, some configurations of the notebooks remain in tight supply.

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While standard configurations of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models ordered through Apple's online store are estimated for delivery in the first week of December, many custom configurations are shipping in late December, and some are even backordered into 2022. In the United States, for example, a 14-inch MacBook Pro configured with an M1 Max chip, 64GB of unified memory, and a 512GB SSD is estimated for delivery by January 3.

In-store availability is also scarce at the moment, with many MacBook Pro configurations unavailable for Apple Store pickup around the world.

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There are likely several factors behind the lengthy shipping delays, including strong demand for the new MacBook Pro models, an industry-wide chip shortage, and pandemic-related manufacturing disruptions. On an earnings call last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said supply constraints had an estimated $6 billion impact on Apple's revenue last quarter, and he said he expected the supply constraints to continue through the holiday season.

Key features of the new MacBook Pro models include Apple's M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, mini-LED displays with ProMotion for up to a 120Hz refresh rate, longer battery life, and the return of ports like an SD card slot, HDMI, and MagSafe. Pricing starts at $1,999 for the 14-inch model and at $2,499 for the 16-inch model in the United States.

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Top Rated Comments

macsplusmacs Avatar
10 weeks ago
Well, they ARE worth the wait though!!!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
10 weeks ago
Global supply chain is a mess, beyond chips…
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Johnny907 Avatar
10 weeks ago

I had a BTO that was as far out as late December (MBP 14 M1 Max 64GB / 2 TB). Kept checking the website and thankfully found the configuration I wanted for pickup at an Apple Store. Had to make a 2.5 hour drive but it was worth it!
This is common. Apple will mass produce a higher spec BTO option to stock their retail shops with. I would have been fine with a 16GB/512GB model MBA but those were two months out shipping. I caught a tip here in the forums from another user that Apple was routinely resupplying the 16/1TB model in store so I checked mine and sure enough it was available that day. Ten bucks for delivery and I had it a couple hours later. With Apple having to pick and choose what it puts out due to constraints I’m not shocked they’re going with the SKU’s that have a higher profit margin.
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adamjackson Avatar
10 weeks ago


Mine is "by 12/31" so I just missed the cutoff. For tax reasons, I wanted to take delivery by end of year so I wasn't going to order one until December but bit the bullet so that I didn't get charged before the end of year.


I was at Apple Park last week and they had maxed out models in 2 and 4TB configurations of 16TB in stock so if you live in the Bay Area, you can just walk in and buy the higher end specs.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TofSanity Avatar
10 weeks ago
good thing I am 100% basic, oh I meant to say base model only for Apple products. lol
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
soulreaver99 Avatar
10 weeks ago
I had a BTO that was as far out as late December (MBP 14 M1 Max 64GB / 2 TB). Kept checking the website and thankfully found the configuration I wanted for pickup at an Apple Store. Had to make a 2.5 hour drive but it was worth it!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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