The evidence for a MacBook Pro refresh happening soon is strong, with multiple independent reports about supply constraints emerging recently. In addition, Best Buy, a top Apple reseller, has already placed “dummy” SKUs for new MacBook Pro models in their system with a March release date. Although Best Buy is not always right about release dates, that dummy SKUs do represent a refresh for Apple’s line of pro notebooks is near. Now, we have discovered the certain models of the MacBook Pro are “unavailable” for reservation at many of Apple’s official retail stores across the United States.
Apple’s product reservation tool notes that the 2.53 GHz 15 inch MacBook Pro is “unavailable” for reservation at most of the Apple Stores in the country, with the 17 inch 2.53 GHz MacBook Pro also not being available at certain stores. We have also discovered that Apple’s higher-end, 2.66 GHz 13 inch MacBook Pro is “unavailable” at some stores, but is less frequently “unavailable” compared to the described 15 and 17 inch models.
Last July it was noticed that the Mac Pros were showing up as “unavailable” in this same system. The refreshed Mac Pro was announced four days later. We’re not saying this means new MacBook Pros this week, we are just saying this is a strong indicator and substantial evidence for earlier reports regarding an upcoming refresh of the product. We have also checked Apple’s online store order times for the MacBook Pro, which is sometimes a good indication of an upcoming update, and the shipping times for all MacBook Pro models are at the usual ships in “24 hours” state.