“Macintosh power users who have been waiting years for Apple to update its high-end desktop and thought they could finally get their hands on the new workstation this month will have to wait a little longer,” Connie Guglielmo reports for Forbes. “”

“ccording to the Mac Pro order page on Apple’s website, the cylindrical-shaped desktop, which went on sale today, won’t ship until February — or March — after the company started the day by offering early buyers a Dec. 30 ship date,” Guglielmo reports. “Apple CEO Tim Cook, who told users last year that the company would deliver an update to the Pro in late 2013, has touted the fact that it is being built in the U.S. Most of Apple’s products are made in China. ‘We have begun manufacturing the Mac Pro in Austin. It’s the most powerful Mac ever. Orders start tomorrow,’ Cook said in a tweet yesterday that included a photo of the Pro on the assembly line.”

“‘Demand for the all new Mac Pro is great and it will take time before supply catches up with demand,’ an Apple spokesman said today,” Guglielmo reports.

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“If this all sounds familiar to you, you’ve probably been reminded about the late-2012 iMac launch. Alongside the original iPad mini and fourth-generation full-sized iPad, Apple announced a redesigned iMac at its October 2012 product event,” Mark Gurman reports. “The new iMac was significantly thinner, lighter, and more powerful than its predecessor. The only problem was that 21.5-inch models would ship over a month later (in November) and the 27-inch product would ship in December.”

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“The 2012 iMacs ended up going on sale on November 30th (the last day for Apple to meet its self-imposed deadline), and many orders for the 27-inch models ended up not shipping until well into January,” Gurman reports. “So, with that in mind, why is Apple launching another even more niche product (just one year later) to even more extreme shortages?”

“The new Mac Pro [had] the lengthiest official pre-launch timeline for an Apple hardware product in recent history,” Gurman reports. “Apple announcing the availability of a future product 1.5 years before launch is absolutely unprecedented, but for a computer that is critical for certain professionals, that tease is practical. So, with all of the aforementioned announcements before the product even hit the market, why does Apple need to launch to shortages?”

“It would appear that there must have been some problems ramping up production in Texas. Why else would Tim Cook expose himself to the type of situation he just 1 year earlier said he wished he could avoid? The only rationale is that Mac Pro production was delayed beyond Apple’s wildest estimates,” Gurman writes. “When faced with the prospect of missing the deadline on the very important first U.S.-assembled Apple product in a decade versus making customers wait in very long queues, it would appear he opted for making the deadline.”

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