A new series of claims have surfaced and continues to point to tightening supplies of the current-generation MacBook Pro line. The latest rumour is that the upcoming refresh of Apple's MacBook Pro line could arrive as early as late next week.
According to the first report, Italian rumour site iSpazio claims that it has recieved notification from an Apple employee that Apple is preparing to release five new MacBook Pro models. In specific, the model numbers are MC720, MC721, MC723, MC724, and MC725. These five models will span across all three current MacBook Pro sizes of 13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch.
Currently, Apple offers six standard configurations of the MacBook Pro. It seems likely that Apple will drop a standard configuration from one of the 15-inch models if they were to ever drop to offer five models.
Another Italian site, Slide to Mac, reports that Apple's new models of MacBook Pro will arrive either on Thursday or Friday next week, and that the update is not merely just a spec bump of the existing offerings.
Apple Bitch, on the other hands, reports on the tightening of supplies of MacBook Pro over the last month and it has affected Apple's own retail distribution points around Asia.
Apparently websites for Apple Stores in several Asian countries have been updated today to reflect longer shipping times for the MacBook Pro. For example, the Malaysian Apple Store updated its website today to show that shipping times for the 13 inch MacBook Pro have slipped from 24 hours to 1-5 days. This is also reflected in other countries such as Hong Kong, Vietnam and Taiwan.
It is interesting to note that even though neighbouring countries reflect a delay in shipping date for any MacBook Pro, Singapore still shows "Today" for shipping.