MacBook Pro with Retina Display Available Now…For a Price
It’s nearly impossible to buy the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display at Apple Stores and Apple.com orders will ship in three to four weeks. But you can buy a shiny new MacBook Pro today if you’re willing to spend $1,000 over MSRP.
A handful of MacBook Pros with the new Retina Display are popping up on eBay and Craigslist. For example, eBay seller sv-company is offering a MacBook Pro with Retina Display for a cool $3,199 as a Buy it Now auction. Apple sells the base model, with a 2.3GHz processor, 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD for $2,199. That might sound like a lot of money, but $1,000 is a small premium to pay if, for example, you’re a developer that needs to update and test applications.
At least the eBay seller appears to have the new MacBook Pro in hand, unlike Apple Stores and other retailers.
WWDC attendees and others inundated flagship Apple Store in downtown San Francisco looking to buy the new MacBook Pro. According to Apple Store employees, the location sold approximately 30 of the new MacBook Pros on Tuesday. There were approximately 60 people lined up Wednesday morning to buy new MacBook Pros, but Apple employees told them there were none available. An informal queue was set up in the training theater on the store’s second level. Apple employees told the above crowd that the FedEx truck outside the store did not have any new MacBook Pros with Retina Display and they would be coming in one by one. Unfortunately, the new MacBook Pro units never materialized.
San Francisco Apple Store employees apologized for any inconvenience and said they would not form a wait list. Apple typically hands out tickets for iPhone and iPad launches, but Apple did not bother to do the same for the MacBook Pro launch. This is because the stores don’t know exactly when they’ll be getting units or the exact configurations.
Store checks in the San Francisco Bay Area today show that not a single Apple Store in the area has any of the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display units in stock. Apple’s online store began taking orders for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display on Monday with a three to four-day shipping window. It then expanded to two to three weeks within hours depending on configuration. It appears demand for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is outstripping Apple’s initial batch.
Apple is selling two MacBook Pro with Retina Display configurations at its stores. The $2,199 model comes with a 256GB SSD, 8GB of memory and a 2.3GHz processor. The $2,799 model comes with a 512GB SSD, 8GB of memory and a 2.6GHz processor. The new MacBook Pro can be configured with up to 16GB of memory and a 768GB SSD from Apple.com.
Here is an overview of the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The computer was announced Monday at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.