After dropping to two-three weeks, shipping times for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display have leapt again. The dedicated page on Apple’s online store now lists 2.3 and 2.6Ghz models as shipping in three to four weeks. Interestingly, there was no shipping delay for non-Retina laptops.
Demand for Retina Display keeps growing, although the machines are offered at comparatively high prices of $2,199 and $2,799. The device’s popularity wasn’t affected even when iFixit called it the least repairable notebook ever torn down by the website, largely for its glued-in battery and soldered-on RAM.
Apple has also notified those who ordered the new MacBook Pro from its online store on the WWDC unveiling day that it starts shipping the next-gen Retina models. First delivery dates are generally predicted for early next week.
The Retina-equipped MacBook Pro features a 15-inch screen with a resolution of 2880×1800 and a pixel density of 220ppi. The new high-resolution display reportedly offers less glare, wider viewing angles and higher contrast ratio that its predecessors. The laptop is powered by the 2.3Ghz and 2.7Ghz quad-core iCore i7s options and NVIDIA Kepler 650M graphics. In addition it boasts a minimum 256GB of solid state drive space, which can be upgraded to 512GB.
The notebook was taken apart this week by iFixit that noted Apple has selected the smallest and the slimmest components at the expense of repairability. Replacing the completely fused screen, the website said, would be a very costly luxury.