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Mac Pro stocks getting low

23 July 2010 2,006 views One Comment



Same day, similar story, different product. We already know that Apple’s drawing down iMac stocks ahead of an imminent refresh and it appears a similar situation’s play out for the company’s pro tower product line, as well. Whereas the online Apple Store is still showing 24-hour availability, MacRumors is reporting three brick n’ mortar New York City stores are showing limited or zero stock.

My own informal survey of several provincial stores yielded better availability. The stores in Buffalo and Cleveland both say the quad and eight core models are both in stock for immediate pickup.

However, the picture in Pittsburgh is mixed with the Shadyside location claiming both models in stock while South Hills Village said they don’t have either the quad or eight core products.

A quick scan of several prominent online resellers yielded mixed results with MacConnection showing zero availability for the 8-core model while the quad-core unit is in stock. Likewise, Amazon’s showing the quad-core in stock and eight-core at least temporarily out-of-stock.

Thereupon, given that the Mac Pro hasn’t been updated in well over a year, we’re definitely due for a refresh or, even better, complete product line reset.

According to AppleInsider, the Mac Pro refresh will likely include Xeon 5600 Series (Gulftown) chips at the high end, while offering a single hexacore processor model in the “entry-level” slot. The ATI Radeon 5870 and nVidia GeForce GTS 480 have been tipped as likely GPU options.

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