Apple today confirmed that the shipping of the company’s MacBook Pro had been delayed and those waiting to get their hands on their preordered 17-inch MacBook Pro would have to stick it out for a couple more weeks.
When Apple launched the unibody version of the 17-inch MacBook Pro at Macworld last month, the company said that the product would start shipping at the end of January. However, a couple of weeks back some AppleInsider readers who ordered the fancy new machine said their orders had been pushed back and they would only receive them in the first week of March.
Apple yesterday admitted to customers that “wrapping up” the updated machine is “taking a little longer than expected” and that it’ll now ship, presumably worldwide, from the middle of the month.
It’s still not clear what’s causing the delays. When users first started complaining that their orders had been pushed back, it seemed as though those selecting customized options, like specifying they wanted an anti-glare display, were being given shipping estimates of up to 4-6 weeks while those ordering stock versions were being told 2-4 weeks. A few of you who ordered the 17-inch unibody MBP told us that your shipping dates are listed as approximately four weeks and that has not changed.
Check out the full memo to customers below. Thanks to Bag_Race for the tip! :)
To Our Valued Apple Customer:
Thank you again for your order!
Wrapping up the new 17-inch MacBook Pro is taking a few days longer
than we projected.
As a result, we will be unable to ship your 17-inch MacBook Pro
until February 19, 2009.
If you don't want to wait, you may cancel your order and receive a
prompt refund by calling our toll-free customer service number at
800-676-2775 or by visiting our online order status website at
If we do not hear from you before we ship the 17-inch MacBook Pro to
you, we will assume that you have agreed to this shipment delay. In
that event, a shipment notification with tracking information will be
emailed to you as soon as your order is shipped.
Again, there is no need to contact us unless you wish to cancel
We appreciate your business and apologize for any inconvenience this
delay may have caused you.
Thank you for shopping at the Apple Online Store!
The Apple Online Store