MacBook Pro M2 Faces Supply Issues
Apple unveiled the first M2-powered Mac this morning, officially opening pre-orders for the new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro. The launch, however, was anything but smooth, as Apple is clearly struggling with major supply constraints.
In fact, any configuration of the new MacBook Pro M2 is already pending until August. Naturally, that makes us wonder how this might affect the launch of the new MacBook Air next month…
Lags on MacBook M2
Apple opened pre-orders for the new MacBook Pro M2 this morning at 5am PT / 8am ET. Things got off to a rocky start because, for the first few hours, Apple only accepted pre-orders for the base model. Any custom configuration of the MacBook Pro was listed as “currently unavailable”.
Since then, Apple has opened up pre-orders for custom configurations of the MacBook Pro M2, allowing users to spec the machine with up to 24GB of memory and 2TB of SSD storage. However, these changes will likely delay the delivery of your new MacBook Pro to late July or early August.
The only two MacBook Pro models you can get with launch day shipping on June 24 are the options with 8GB of memory and 256GB or 512GB of storage. All other parameters are pushed back from the first week of July to the second week of August.
What does this mean for the MacBook Air M2?
The all-new MacBook Air M2 is slated for release in July. Apple hasn’t announced an exact release date, so pre-orders for the new MacBook Air might not start until the last week of July.
Worryingly, the MacBook Pro M2 is probably much less in demand than the MacBook Air M2. This gives the impression that the MacBook Air will be hard to find and might only be available in base model configurations.
It’s unclear exactly what the bottleneck is in MacBook Pro production, but it doesn’t appear the M2 chip is to blame. Instead, it seems to have something to do with the higher capacity unified memory and storage components.
Personally, I plan to buy the new MacBook Air next month, but it’s increasingly looking like it’s going to be an incredibly hard-to-find machine. Combine the MacBook Air’s supply chain issues and new design with its popularity, and it could be months before the machine is available.
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Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.