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Apple delays 17-inch MacBook Pro shipments

After promising shipments within 7 to 10 days last week, Apple has now told customers it's going to take a bit longer to get its new MacBook Pro out to the world.

Apple is having trouble getting its new 17-inch MacBook Pro out to customers. James Martin/CNET News

Apple is going to need a little more time to get its new 17-inch MacBook Pro out the door.

Last week Apple updated its order page for the new MacBook Pro unveiled at Macworld 2009 to reflect a shipping lead time of 7 to 10 days. But AppleInsider now reports that those who preordered the systems from Apple have been told not to expect their systems before February 19.

Apple didn't provide an exact explanation for the delay but told customers via e-mail that "wrapping up the new 17-inch MacBook Pro is taking a few days longer than we projected," according to AppleInsider. The company had promised to ship the new systems by the end of January when it first announced the notebooks.