Almost a month ago, the first reports surfaced that buyers of certain versions of the MacBook Pro would have to wait two months for delivery of their devices due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, which has affected the work of local businesses. Now the situation has only gotten worse – the waiting time for all 14 and 16 inch laptops is 7-9 weeks.
The recent outbreak of COVID-19 proved to be the most severe for China, not only because of strict quarantine regulations but also because of the high contagiousness of the newest strains. As a result, several Chinese cities were quarantined, including the largest metropolitan areas such as Shanghai, which produces components for Apple products and electronics itself, among other things.
While component shortages and citywide lockdowns are one of the main reasons for longer delivery times, unrest at the factories is adding to the problems as workers literally live in their jobs under the closed manufacturing system that is being introduced.
Apple has become one of the latest victims of the lockdown as production of 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros can’t keep up with laptop demand. Rumor has it that Quanta Computer is the sole manufacturer of these models, and in recent months production at the Shanghai plant has been just 5% of design capacity. However, Quanta itself claims that the situation is improving and production reached 30% of capacity at the end of April, and now the company is trying to “disperse” it to 50%.
Based on data from Apple’s website (when viewed from a US IP), 14- and 16-inch models currently ship in 7-9 weeks, regardless of whether the buyer chooses home delivery or store pickup . At the same time, the 13-inch model is immediately available to everyone.