Shipping estimates can fluctuate, seemingly at random, and can change depending on a variety of factors. Sometimes it doesn’t mean anything, and, maybe like now, sometimes it might.
As reported by MacRumors, the delivery shipment window for the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which was released in late 2016, has slipped back to the first full week of June. Specifically, if you were to order one of Apple’s latest-generation MacBook Pro models in the 15-inch variant, and choose free shipping, you would see delivery happen between June 6 and June 8.
Meanwhile, if you pick the fastest option, you’d get it between June 5 and June 7. And for those keeping track, that does mean you’d get a new laptop just in time to keep tabs on all of, or part of, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which is set to take place between June 5 and June 9.
The reason the change in shipping dates has caught some attention is because, earlier this month, a report surfaced that suggested Apple was planning on unveiling some updated MacBook Pro models, a new 12-inch MacBook, and even a slightly upgraded MacBook Air (because sales refuse to die down, apparently).
From that initial report:
“Apple is planning three new laptops, according to people familiar with the matter. The MacBook Pro will get a faster Kaby Lake processor from Intel Corp., said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. Apple is also working on a new version of the 12-inch MacBook with a faster Intel chip. The company has also considered updating the aging 13-inch MacBook Air with a new processor as sales of the laptop, Apple’s cheapest, remain surprisingly strong, one of the people said.”
So, the fact that Apple is leaving a bit more wiggle room in the shipping dates for the 15-inch MacBook Pro could very well suggest that the report is spot on, and Apple is indeed planning on unveiling some new hardware at this year’s developers conference. Or it might just be a coincidence. Either way, we’ll know in one week.
It’s also worth noting that, at the time of publication, both the 12-inch MacBook and the 13-inch MacBook Air would arrive between Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1, depending on the shipping method chosen. So the MacBook Pro is certainly seeing some slippage.[via MacRumors; Apple]