“Apple today started taking orders for its pricy Mac Pro workstation, but shipping dates almost immediately slipped to February, irritating customers who have been awaiting the ‘dark tower’ desktop computer,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.
“On Wednesday, Apple said it would kick off orders of the Mac Pro today after teasing customers since June with images and descriptions of the radically redesigned machine,” Keizer reports. “When Apple’s online store re-opened early today, ship dates were posted as Dec. 30. Within hours, the dates slipped to February, even for the two stock configurations, which start at $2,999 for a quad-core system with 12GB of memory, dual AMD FirePro graphics processors and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage.”
“The Mac Pro situation smelled a bit like the iMac debacle in late 2012, when Apple announced the redesigned desktop, but then took weeks to deliver orders,” Keizer reports. “[Apple CEO] Cook ended up regretting the hasty iMac introduction, which was a major cause of a 22% decline in Mac revenue in 2012’s fourth quarter compared to the same period the year before. ‘If we could run it over frankly, I would have announced the iMac after the turn of the year, because we felt our customers had to wait too long for that specific product,’ Cook said during a January 2013 conference call with Wall Street.”
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