Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro Running on Backorder Status

This week, a number of multiple authorized resellers are reflecting backorder status of Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro. J&R, in particular, listed their 2.2 GHz model as “out of stock” while the 2.4 GHz is advertised as “on order.” In addition, MacConnection’s 2.2 GHz model temporarily went out of stock earlier this week, but it has since come back in stock at the online retailer.

Best Buy has also stopped accepting online order for the 2.4 GHz model for home delivery. However, the notebook is still available on a store-by-store basis. On the other hand, individual store inventory in Chicago and Austin indicates that 40%-60% of their shops are reflecting stock outs.

What the Backorder Status Means

The backorder status of multiple Apple retailers suggests that the company is ramping down the production of its existing MacBook Pro models before introducing its redesigned line. A number of instances of inventory constraints are often some of the first signs that they are replacing their existing products with materially enhanced offerings.

This week’s stock-outs occurred following the reports that Intel is prepping up to launch its Ivy Bridge processors. The chips were rumored to arrive later this month, with the Core i5 and i7 heading to Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pros. Other than the bigger capacity, the Ivy Bridge processors are rumored to feature an integrated 400 HD graphics.

Staggered MacBook Pro Overhaul

Last month, it was reported that Apple will have a staggered overhaul of their MacBook Pro lineup. The update will start with the 15-inch model, followed by the 13-inch and 17-inch units by the end of the year. It was also rumored that 15-inch MacBook Pros will begin production with 200,000 units.

Meanwhile, there were unclear reports that the 13-inch MacBook Pros will be introduced with an entry-level Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor. It contradicts the fact that Apple’s professional notebooks only feature higher-end Core i5 and Core i7 chips.

There is an even less news about the 17-inch MacBook Pro, aside from the speculations that it will launch sometime after the 15 and 13-inch units. Considering Apple’s approach in late 2008 and early 2009, the two larger units will be spaced about three months apart.

Ultrathin MacBook Pros

MacBook Pro’s top-to-bottom revamp is in line with Apple’s attempt to launch a slimmer and lighter ensemble of its core products. Aiming to make it look like the MacBook Air, the notebook will ditch its optical drive, and have a lightweight chassis, flash memory-based solid state drives, instant on capabilities and extended battery life.

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