updated 10:55 am EST, Fri February 15, 2008
Best Buy out of 15in MBP
Retailer Best Buy is no longer stocking any 15-inch MacBook Pro online, according to reader reports. The mid-range 2.4GHz model is listed as "sold out" and therefore unavailable; the base 2.2GHz version is listed as backordered and unavailable for between 1-2 weeks. Additionally, while the 17-inch MacBook Pro remains openly listed and immediately available, neither of the smaller versions are visible from Best Buy's section for the high-end notebooks.
Checks with several popular online stores indicate continued stock, though Best Buy's Canadian affiliate, Future Shop, claims to be out of stock of the 2.2GHz version.
The low supply is unusual for Best Buy, which is considered one of Apple's strongest third-party retail partners and currently runs a store-within-a-store concept that employes official Apple staff. While shortages and other normal factors can periodically cause such stocking issues, widespread and seemingly permanent changes in stock are historically early signs of incoming new systems.
Previous news has suggested that Apple is one of a host of companies that are believed to be upgrading to 45 nanometer Core 2 Duo processors based on Intel's Penryn architecture sometime this month, following greater availability of the mobile CPUs. The smaller, more efficient processor increases clock speeds while simultaneously reducing power use and heat.