The new Mac Pro was initially expected to ship by the end of December, but just hours after Apple opened up sales on the computer its shipping date had been pushed all the way back to February, with some customers reporting delays until early March. Now, Cupertino has offered up an official explanation for the delays, pointing to high demand for the redesigned Mac Pro.
“Demand for the all new Mac Pro is great and it will take time before supply catches up with demand,” an Apple spokesman told Forbes.
It’s possible that the decision to make the new computer in the U.S. instead of in a Chinese factory lead to low supplies at launch, though the Apple may have simply underestimated demand for what’s perceived to be a niche product. The company faced similar supply issues last year with the new iMac, and some of those computers were also assembled in the U.S. Apple has not revealed how many orders for the new Mac Pro it has received so far, or how many units are currently available, so there’s still no way to know just how great demand for the computer really is.
The new Mac Pro comes in two different quad and six-core models starting $2,999 and $3,999, respectively. Both models can be customized to add additional processing power, storage and memory. You can order the computer now from Apple or a third-party retailer, though it probably won’t ship until February at the earliest.