Apple Delaying Shipments of 17-inch MacBook Pro

It seems that those looking to bag themselves one of the new unibody versions of the 17-inch MacBook Pro are going to have to wait just a little longer.

When Apple launched the unibody version of the 17-inch MacBook Pro at Macworld earlier this month, the company said that the product would start shipping at the end of January. However, it seems some AppleInsider readers who ordered the fancy new machine have had their orders pushed back and will only receive them in the first week of March.

AI says Australian readers are receiving ship date estimates between three to four weeks after they place their orders for stock versions. Choosing the anti-glare display ups the wait time to four to six weeks after you hit the go button.

No official word from Apple yet but the site says the 17-inch Pro is shipping in two to three weeks. Best-case-scenario customers orders will ship at the beginning of February, which is past the original promised shipping date anyway.

We’ll update once we know more but for now, has anyone ordered a unibody 17-inch MacBook Pro? If so, what’s your estimated shipping date? AppleInsider suggests that some customers delays could be related to the fact that they’ve customized their order so if you are waiting, don’t forget to let us know whether or not you’ve customized the machine.

  • cheepstuff
    i wish one of my late shipments from newegg became headline news like this...
  • Tindytim
    I can already see the headline "Shiny Plastic Shortage! Apple prices Skyrocket!"

    cheepstuffi wish one of my late shipments from newegg became headline news like this...
    Yeah, buy you probably don't get an erection anytime you see Steve Jobs, or foam at the mouth whenever anyone talks bad about apple.
  • I placed a custom order two weeks ago. I ordered with standard gloss screen, but bumped the processor up to 2.9, 8GB of RAM, and 320 7200RPM drive. Ship date stands at Feb 9 both on receipt and on order status on my account.
  • I ordered one on Jan 8th and est shipping date is Feb 6th
  • I ordered my MBP 17" Custom ordered (not stock). Ordered it on Jan 9. Since that time the site has always set a ship date of Feb 9th. That hasn't changed..
  • I ordered a stock model on January 9th and my shipping estimate remains what it has always been, February 9th. I have seen no evidence to back up these claims of delays.
  • I have just received mine today 2-2-09. It is wonderful. Just opened it. Forget the 13 and the 15 because this is it!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 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
    your order.

    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
  • A great alternative to the MBP 13 is the Toshiba Portege R700/R705. There's also the Sony Vaio Z . The HP Envy 14" is also something to look at. The R700 is the only one that is really much more affordable.

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