Apple is now preparing to ship the first MacBook Pro orders as early as this Friday, November 11, as some preorder customers report updated shipping and delivery estimates today.
Apple has started changing the status of several preorders from “processing” to “preparing for shipment” (as pictured below), which typically happens in the days before it ships and delivers orders to customers.
Today some 9to5Mac readers also report having their order status changed to an earlier estimated delivery timeframe.
Some of the first preorder customers received an earliest estimated shipping date of November 11 originally, but most others have later dates as Apple quickly pushed back estimates from 2-3 weeks to 4-5 weeks in the hours following online orders going live.
That means that the first MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models could arrive in customers’ hands as soon as this week in markets where next-day and weekend delivery are available, and for some possibly earlier than originally expected.
Apple doesn’t always send out notifications to customers regarding improved shipping estimates for orders, but you can login to your account on Apple.com or in the Apple Store app to view your order and expected delivery dates. Earlier this week we noted that Apple had started charging credit cards for some MacBook Pro orders, signalling that the company will soon begin shipping the device to customers.
It’s possible some orders will arrive sooner than early next week, but we’ve yet to get word of an order changing to “shipped” status. Let us know in the comments if your order status changes.