CNET logo Why You Can Trust CNET

Our expert, award-winning staff selects the products we cover and rigorously researches and tests our top picks. If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. How we test computers

16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max chip, 32GB memory won't ship until December

The 14-inch MacBook Pro won't be affected by the delay.

Oscar Gonzalez Former staff reporter
Oscar Gonzalez is a Texas native who covered video games, conspiracy theories, misinformation and cryptocurrency.
Expertise Video Games, Misinformation, Conspiracy Theories, Cryptocurrency, NFTs, Movies, TV, Economy, Stocks
Oscar Gonzalez
Expect to wait a while for the best MacBook Pros

Expect to wait a while for the best MacBook Pros. 


Update, Oct. 25: Read CNET's review of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and 14-inch MacBook Pro. Original story follows.

Apple revealed its latest MacBook Pros during the company's hardware event on Monday. It also showed off the new M1 Max chip powering these new laptops , which offers a lot of power for a fraction of the power of other processors. The new MacBook Pros start shipping in two weeks, but those wanting to get the top-of-line models, they'll have to wait until December. 

When ordering a new MacBook Pro on Apple's site, selecting a 16-inch laptop with the M1 Max with a 24- or 32-core GPU will push the delivery window from early November to early December. Choosing to go with a MacBook Pro with 64GB of will move the date even further to Dec. 10 to Dec. 23. 

The delivery date for the MacBook Pro 16" with M1 Max chip and 64GB RAM

The delivery date for the MacBook Pro 16" with M1 Max chip and 64GB RAM.


Apple didn't immediately respond to questions about the delay and whether this is tied to the current global chip shortage

Watch this: New MacBook Pro: MagSafe returns

Buying a decked-out MacBook Pro won't be cheap. Getting one with all the bells and whistles will cost more than $6,000. Even without all the upgrades, the new laptops have some big changes including the return of the MagSafe charger, the departure of the Touch Bar, a 1080p webcam and 120Hz display