updated 05:25 pm EDT, Mon April 16, 2012
Computer may be nearing update or obsolescence
Orders and shipments of the Mac Pro are beginning to see significant delays, says AppleInsider. One person tells the site that he ordered a higher-end Mac Pro in late March; initially it was slated to ship within three to five business days. After the order was placed the shipping date extended to April 11th, but as of April 16th, the computer still hasn't been delivered. The person says an Apple representative explained that his choice of a 12-core system meant the computer would have to be shipped directly from China.
The Mac Pro has been seeing supply issues since at least last week, when Amazon briefly went out of stock of eight-core systems. Long delays may be a sign that Apple is finally preparing to update the computer, which was last refreshed in July 2010. Conversely though Apple could be planning to kill off the product line, which generates marginal profits next to iOS devices and even other Macs. Some rumors have suggested that Apple executives are seriously contemplating the idea.
The Mac Pro is Apple's only computer to cater explicitly to a high-end/professional market, including the server arena. Eliminating it could potentially force some professionals to switch to Windows or Linux PCs. This may be offset, though, by the increasing power and popularity of iMacs and MacBook Pros.