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Mac Pro Retail Supplies Drying Up Ahead of WWDC

Posted in Mac, News on 31/05/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Apple’s WWDC conference is almost upon us, and with the expectation that the company will unveil new Macs at the event, I decided to do a bit of checking around on retail stock levels. What I found, somewhat to my surprise, was a remarkable shortage of Apple’s entry-level Mac Pro. I checked a dozen major Apple resellers (including Apple’s own website and retail stores), and found that the vast majority were either out of stock or had very limited supplies of the $2499 2012 Mac Pro.

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Here are my results, as of 10:00 AM MT this morning (for the entry-level model, MD770LL/A):

*Updated, as of 3:00 PM on June 3, 2013

Backordered or out of stock:

Limited stock:

  • MicroCenter: In-store pickup only, limited stock
  • Frys.com: In stock, but limited supply
  • Best Buy: In stock on an online-only bases. I called, and was told they have a very limited supply.

In stock:

  • Apple Online Store: In stock
  • Apple Retail Stores: In stock at most locations (I checked stores in about a dozen major cities).

Stock-outs and diminishing retail supplies are a key sign that Apple may be preparing to release new models of a product – something which Mac Pro users have been awaiting for a very long time. It’s also worth noting, however, that other models of the Mac Pro aren’t facing as significant of stock limitations – although all models are out of stock at at several major resellers.

Tim Cook also promised last year that Apple was indeed planning to release something new for pro-level Mac users sometime this year (which Forbes confirmed would involve the Mac Pro), making the announcement of a new Mac Pro or suitable replacement an even more exciting possibility for WWDC.

This also lines up with our previous timeline on when Apple could be expected to release new Mac Pro hardware. While this isn’t a sure sign that we’ll be seeing new Mac Pros in the near future, it does reinforce the possibility. For the sake of pro users everywhere, I certainly hope Apple has something Mac Pro related in the pipes…



  • sgns

    This is exciting… I can’t wait to be able to put together something multiple-display and smoking up-to-date… something which will go well together with the improved multi-display usability we’ve been promised for 10.9!

  • elder Signin

    Just a thought…. The Developers Conference is a SOFTWARE EVENT and while Jobs would occasionally announce new hardware updates, it was usually focused on SOFTWARE.

    • Jason

      Developers need pro hardware

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.