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Mac Pro shipping date slips to April as Apple struggles to meet demand

Two month wait sees early adopters cashing in on eBay
Wed Feb 12 2014, 11:01
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COMPUTER DESIGNER Apple reportedly is struggling to meet demand for its Mac Pro computer, with its shipping date slipping to April.

Apple's new Mac Pro made its UK debut in December, and the firm almost immediately pushed back the shipping date to February, citing high demand. Since then this date slipped to March, and now Apple has pushed it back even further to April.

This shipping date has slipped to April both in the UK and the US, along with France, Germany, China and Canada.

It's unclear what has caused the delay, but reports have claimed that production at Apple's Texas factory is struggling to keep up with demand for the Mac Pro, with some citing the fact that the US factory is too small and unable to produce adequate volumes. Other reports have claimed that demand has simply exceeded Apple's sales expectations.

Apple has yet to respond to our request for comment to clarify this.

With the Mac Pro now unavailable for two months at least, owners of the bucket-like computer have been quick to cash in on Apple's delays. On eBay in the US, Mac Pro owners are selling the device with an asking price of $6,000, far above Apple's $3,999 price.

However, the Mac Pro can still be ordered from Apple's website from £2,499, for those who don't mind a two-month wait. The more expensive Mac Pro configuration that comes with dual AMD Firepro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory and 256GB of PCIe flash storage is priced at £3,399. µ

 

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