Apple announced today that it will hold a virtual event on Monday, October 18 at. 10 Pacific Time, and rumors are rife that redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will be unveiled with a faster version of the M1 chip.

After the event was announced, a couple of readers asked us when they could expect orders to start on the new MacBook Pro models if they were announced.

Although nothing is certain until Apple says so, almost all new Macs announced at an Apple Event in the last five years were made available for order on the same day as the event. The only exception was the 24-inch iMac earlier this year.

We left the iMac Pro and the latest Mac Pro off the list because these machines were previewed during WWDC keynotes many months before they were ready for launch.

  • 2016: The first MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar were announced at an Apple Event on Thursday, October 27, 2016 and became available for order the same day. Shipments began in 2-3 weeks, with customers starting to receive their orders around Monday, November 14th.
  • 2017: New MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac models were announced at WWDC on Monday, June 5, 2017. All the new Macs became available for order the same day and began arriving in customers on Wednesday, June 7th.
  • 2018: New MacBook Air and Mac mini models were announced at an Apple Event on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Both new Macs became available for order the same day and began arriving in customers on Wednesday, November 7th.
  • 2020: The first Macs with the M1 chip, including the MacBook Air, the 13-inch lower-end MacBook Pro and the Mac mini, were announced at an Apple Event on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. All the new Macs became available to order the same day and began arriving at customers on Tuesday, November 17th.
  • 2021: The colorful new 24-inch iMac with the M1 chip was announced at an Apple Event on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 and became available for order on Friday, April 30. The new iMac began arriving in customers on Friday, May 21st.

New Macs announced with a press release on the Apple Newsroom will also typically be available for order on the same day as the announcement, including the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro and the latest 27-inch iMac in August 2020.

While the 24-inch iMac broke the same-day trend of ordering new Macs, likely due to pandemic-related supply chain issues, it remains to be seen whether the new MacBook Pro models will follow suit with late-ordering. At the very least, customers interested in an M1X MacBook Pro are unlikely to need to set an alarm on Friday morning as for iPhones.

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