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Apple pushing 17-inch MacBook Pro deliveries near March

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Initially promised for the end of January, the unibody version of Apple's largest notebook is moving gradually towards a late February ship date or later for more recent buyers.

Readers tell AppleInsider that their orders for the redesigned 17-inch MacBook Pro, still officially listed as shipping within 2-3 weeks for prospective owners, are now creeping towards arrival dates four or more weeks after the purchase.

In one example, a customer who just ordered his only slightly customized system on Wednesday now says his model won't leave assembly plants in China until February 26th, or nearly five weeks from when he pulled the trigger. The system isn't due to arrive until early March, or roughly two months after it was first announced at Macworld.

Australian readers are also receiving ship date estimates between three to four weeks after they place their orders for stock versions, while choosing the anti-glare display immediately pushes any shipment to between four to six weeks later.

Why the delays are slipping into Apple's system are unclear and may not be absolute. Readers are encouraged to submit reports of any delays for their own orders.

A reader's delayed order for a 17-inch MacBook Pro

Separately, others also report their copies of the Mac Box Set bundle for Mac OS X Leopard, iLife and iWork are slipping to a lesser degree. Apple maintains a January estimate even now but has started bumping orders to early February.

In return, one reader notes that his order was upgraded to overnight shipping for free without notice from Apple.
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I see one oddity in the picture, the line with VGA adapter, it has N0 - N zero, not "No" or "NO". All the other lines say "No".
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PCConnection told me mid-Feb. But I don't know if that's for the base models, or if it was specifically for my 2.93 model.
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PCConnection told me mid-Feb. But I don't know if that's for the base models, or if it was specifically for my 2.93 model.

I was told "end of January" and I just called and they said it will not ship until Feb 13th to arrive on the 18th. Oh Gleeee! Another month without a laptop. Why do they do that? Just say February. That way if you're late, no one hates you.

Seems like the excellence doesn't apply here......
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post #5 of 55
This is one of the many reasons that the SEC is invetigating Apple.
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I had mine ordered within 30 seconds of the store coming back up... Not that I expect that to matter much, but my Order Status still says "Ships: Feb 4" and "Delivers: Feb 9"



My fingers are crossed!
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This is one of the many reasons that the SEC is invetigating Apple.

Don't kid yourself.
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Ordered mine (in Australia) on the 11/1/08. Delivery now at 16/2/08. Almost five weeks!

Im just glad they made it and it is coming, thats the most important thing, for a while there it looked doubtful.

Good thing is though, they don't charge you until it has actually left the factory.

Perhaps they didn't expect such demand! (?)
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Why the delays are slipping into Apple's system are unclear and may not be absolute.

Perhaps the lunar new year festivities, beginning early next week, is a contributing factor \
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My order was placed on 1/7. Just checked my order and still has a ship date of Feb 5. Fingers crossed here too!
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Originally Posted by MunkVsTheWorld View Post

Ordered mine (in Australia) on the 11/1/08. Delivery now at 16/2/08. Almost five weeks!

08? You've already had yours for almost a year?! I'm just kidding, we know what you meant.
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Mine will ship on February 10th and arrive on February 13th (original ship date has not changed). I ordered on January 11th.

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Originally Posted by cameronj View Post

Don't kid yourself.

My original quote was
Ironic this comes the day after earnings

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This is one of the many reasons that the SEC is investigating Apple.

What exactly am I kidding myself about. Apple mislead the consumer and the product wasn't ready to be shipped.

It's a long string of not commenting about headlines on every product line that has lead to so many class action law suits.

Monitors
Graphic Cards
PowerBooks
iPhones

The list could go on but it only makes my point. Many in this room (some ignorant and some people that really know what they are talking about) have posted the same frustrations.

Are other manufacturers perfect, by no means, but at least they acknowledge a problem before it comes a Class Action Law suit.

That is not good customer service and the reason I switched to MS. I own every iPod as well as every iPhone.

The iPod's were great and still are the 3G is a rev 1 phone with nothing worth upgrading for. A bad investment on my side. Ive learned from my mistake.
post #14 of 55
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Originally Posted by MacOldTimer View Post

My original quote was
Ironic this comes the day after earnings

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This is one of the many reasons that the SEC is investigating Apple.

What exactly am I kidding myself about. Apple mislead the consumer and the product wasn't ready to be shipped.

It's a long string of not commenting about headlines on every product line that has lead to so many class action law suits.

Monitors
Graphic Cards
PowerBooks
iPhones

The list could go on but it only makes my point. Many in this room (some ignorant and some people that really know what they are talking about) have posted the same frustrations.

Are other manufacturers perfect, by no means, but at least they acknowledge a problem before it comes a Class Action Law suit.

That is not good customer service and the reason I switched to MS. I own every iPod as well as every iPhone.

The iPod's were great and still are the 3G is a rev 1 phone with nothing worth upgrading for. A bad investment on my side. Ive learned from my mistake.

Perhaps you never experienced Dell customer service comparing to Apple's. You obviously don't know much about Apple and other companies by your judgment.

I really hate how Apple is always on pedestal, while people don't give a *** about other companies products being delivered on time. Maybe cuz Apple actually cares about a product and delivers it when its perfect.
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08? You've already had yours for almost a year?! I'm just kidding, we know what you meant.

What! We're in 2009 already? When did that happen!?
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Obama needs to warm up relations with Cuba so we can take advantage of that cheap communist peasant labor a little closer to home. Who can wait after an impulse buy?
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post #17 of 55
I bought my 17" custom configured MBP on January 6, 2009. It suppose to ship on February 4 with the 9th as a delivery date.

Order Date: Jan 6, 2009 at 10:58 AM PST


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2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM 2X2GB
320GB Serial ATA @ 7200 rpm
SuperDrive 8X
DISPLAY-HI RES, GL,Widescreen
No DVI Adapter
N0 VGA Adapter
Apple Remote
No IWork Preinstalled
No Final Cut Exp Preinstalled
No Aperture Preinstalled
No Logic Exp Preinstalled
No Filemaker Preinstalled
No Microsoft Office Preinstall
KYBD/User's Guide
Country Kit
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Ships: Feb 4 \t\t\t\t\t\t
Delivers: Feb 9 \t\t\t\t\t\t
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This is one of the many reasons that the SEC is invetigating Apple.

Not sure about that.

I believe payments are only processed after the sale so no money issues. So why would this be part of the investigation?

Again, WE are to blame (at least a bit).

EVERYONE here is sitting (albeit not very patiently) for the next NEW and EXCITING thing to come from Apple. They announce it, and now they are being investigated for it. Folks if this keeps up, Apple and others will only announce stuff AFTER it's been on sale for a few months.

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post #19 of 55
UK Purchase

Order Date: Jan 21, 2009 (albeit more recent than everyone elses)

Estimated Shipping: 18 Feb, 2009
Estimated Delivery: 24 Feb, 2009

2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM 2X2GB
320GB Serial ATA @ 7200 rpm
SuperDrive 8X
DISPLAY-HI RES, GL,Widescreen
Mini DisplayPort - DVI Adapter
N0 VGA Adapter
No Remote
No IWork Preinstalled
No Final Cut Exp Preinstalled
No Aperture Preinstalled
No Logic Exp Preinstalled
No Filemaker Preinstalled
No Microsoft Office Preinstall
KYBD/User's Guide -B
Country Kit-GBR

Still within the 3-4 weeks of when I ordered it, lets just hope it keeps that way!
post #20 of 55
Apple not shipping its productions on time?! Incomprehensible!
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Order Date: Jan 7, 2009
Not yet shipped
MBP 17/CTO
Custom configuration
2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM 2X4GB
320GB Serial ATA @ 7200 rpm
SuperDrive 8X
DISPLAY-HI RES, Widescreen
Mini DisplayPort - DVI Adapter
N0 VGA Adapter
No Remote
No IWork Preinstalled
No Final Cut Exp Preinstalled
No Aperture Preinstalled
No Logic Exp Preinstalled
No Filemaker Preinstalled
No Microsoft Office Preinstall
Ships: Feb 20\t\t\t\t\t\t
Delivers: Feb 25

I guess the custom config sent me to the back of the line.
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2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM 2X2GB
320GB Serial ATA @ 7200 rpm
SuperDrive 8X
DISPLAY-HI RES, GL,Widescreen

Order Date: 19 Jan
Ships: 10 Feb
Delivers: 16 Feb
post #23 of 55
Same situation from Italy:

Order Date: Jan 7, 2009 at 03:37 PM PST

Custom configuration
2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM 2X2GB
320GB Serial ATA @ 7200 rpm
SuperDrive 8X
DISPLAY-HI RES, GL,Widescreen
No DVI Adapter
Mini DisplayPort - VGA Adapter
Apple Remote
No IWork Preinstalled
No Final Cut Exp Preinstalled
No Aperture Preinstalled
No Logic Exp Preinstalled
No Filemaker Preinstalled
No Microsoft Office Preinstall
KYBD/User's Guide -T
Country Kit-ITA

Ships: 16 Feb, 2009
Delivers: 24 Feb, 2009
post #24 of 55
mine ships Feb 5., Arrives Feb. 10. Can't Wait.
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Originally Posted by dewindj View Post

Apple not shipping its productions on time?! Incomprehensible!

People pre-odering and then whining?! Totally comprehensable!!!!
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Originally Posted by MacOldTimer View Post

My original quote was
Ironic this comes the day after earnings

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This is one of the many reasons that the SEC is investigating Apple.

What exactly am I kidding myself about. Apple mislead the consumer and the product wasn't ready to be shipped.

You're kidding yourself because the SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION does not care about product delays, customer happiness or any of that junk. You're making stuff up and you know it.
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This is one of the many reasons that the SEC is invetigating Apple.

"One of the many reasons" the SEC is investigating? I don't think so. Do you have any evidence to back up this assertion, or is it just speculation based on your negative emotions?

My take on this slip is that it's a bit like a Golden Glove in baseball making an error. It happens once or twice a year but all educated observes understand how rare it is, especially when compared to the competition.
post #28 of 55
@MacOldTimer

"Ironic this comes the day after earnings. This is one of the many reasons that the SEC is invetigating Apple."

What a crock of horsecrap, and you know it. There's no contract here, implied or expressed, concerning the actual shipping date of any product. Your posting-name should be "WinTrollTimer," for your opinions are clear in their intent and bias. Go back to your Gateway, and darken these portals no more.

Quoting Bugs, "What a maroon."
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This is one of the many reasons that the SEC is invetigating Apple.

You are just one big Apple Hate Machine - every post you make is like this. If you hate Apple so much, why do you bother to hang out here?
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post #30 of 55
I called Apple and was told that my order may either ship before February 9 or after. It seems that iLife'09 may be the hold up, since it is supposed to be pre-installed on the 17 MBP. The Apple Customer Service rep was kind enough to remove my shipping charge and place my shipment into expedited category (2-3 days).
post #31 of 55
Here is my details as of this morning. The ship date has never changed. I hope that i did not jinx myself. \


Ordered Jan 8th, 2009

Custom configuration
2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM 2X2GB
320GB Serial ATA @ 7200 rpm
SuperDrive 8X
DISPLAY-HI RES, GL,Widescreen
Mini DisplayPort - DVI Adapter
N0 VGA Adapter
No Remote
No IWork Preinstalled
No Final Cut Exp Preinstalled
No Aperture Preinstalled
No Logic Exp Preinstalled
No Filemaker Preinstalled
No Microsoft Office Preinstall
KYBD/User's Guide
Country Kit

Ships: Feb 6 \t\t\t\t\t\t
Delivers: Feb 11
post #32 of 55
Ship date is listed as 7-10 days now at the US Apple Store, with "standard" configuration and with "build to order" options.



That's on the online store though. What the actual ship dates are best trended by the posts of fellow AppleInsider forum posters.

It doesn't seem so much that there is a "line" per say to get a newly ordered unit. It's more that once the production line gets going, these things are just going to ship like crazy to everyone, regardless of order date. Still, the earlier you ordered, the more likely you get it early. Well, that's the standard assumption anyway.

All that matters to each person with a pre-order is that they have this baby in there hands.

Please post if you pre-ordered to let us know the actual shipping time frames.

Cheers.
post #33 of 55
FWIW, the Apple web site page for the 17 inch MBP has been updating with shortened shipping intervals over the past couple of weeks. Over night, the interval shortened from 2-3 weeks to 7-10 business days:

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...ly/macbook_pro

This would suggest that at least some configurations are moving forward.

I just tried playing around with some of the options on the ordering page and note that if I select the anti-glare display, the shipping time changes from the 7-10 days to 2-3 weeks.

No other options, including selecting iWork '09, resulted in a delay in shipping.

So this would suggest that those who ordered the anti-glare option for the display are the ones most likely to experience delays in shipping.

HTH.
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. . . No other options, including selecting iWork '09, resulted in a delay in shipping. . . .

HTH.

I wonder if they are waiting on iLife '09 to ship these bad boys?
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I wonder if they are waiting on iLife '09 to ship these bad boys?

It seems that iLife '09 has started shipping so should be interesting to see how the shipping dates are affected.
post #36 of 55
The real for the delay in shipments is this: Apple is experiencing tremendous problems with users of the new 15" MacBook Pro with external 30" displays using the new Mini-Display Port to DVI adapter. There is tremendous distortion and all sorts of problems plaguing users. The new 17" has the same mini-display port. Apple has not fixed the problem and I would bet money that's the reason for the delay- they want a fix before they release the 17" inch.
post #37 of 55
Looking at the Apple Store this evening, ship times say: "Ships: 7-10 business days"
post #38 of 55
Here is mine. I ordered by phone and they said I was one of the first and I would most likely receive it before the estimated date

Order Date: Jan 6, 2009 at 02:06 PM PST

Custom configuration| Show Hide
2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM 2X2GB
320GB Serial ATA @ 7200 rpm
SuperDrive 8X
DISPLAY-HI RES, Widescreen
No DVI Adapter
N0 VGA Adapter
No Remote
IWORK '09 PREINSTALLED
No Final Cut Exp Preinstalled
No Aperture Preinstalled
No Logic Exp Preinstalled
No Filemaker Preinstalled
No Microsoft Office Preinstall
KYBD/User's Guide
Country Kit


Recycling Fee
Ships: Feb 19
Delivers: Feb 24
post #39 of 55
No changes in delivery times on the Apple web site over the past week. Still shows 7-10 business days, with the interval still increasing to 2-3 weeks if one selects the anti-glare option.

It would seem reasonable to presume that the recent withdrawal of the nVidia driver update may be delaying the deliveries, but just wondering if anyone has any updates on their quoted shipment/delivery dates. Are they staying stable or seeing further delays?

BTW, I have queried our local Apple stores over the past several days, getting different folks, and they have no clue on when they may have units in the store, or whether or not they may have anything other than the base config in the store. At least that is what they are saying publicly...

Thanks.
post #40 of 55
No change in my ship date. Still shows a ship date of February 5. Time will tell...
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