Surface Book and Pro 4 face processor shortages, production ramp-up set for Q1 2016
With early enthusiastic response to the “ultimate laptop”, and the newest version of the smaller, less powerful 2-in-1 hybrid clearly better than its predecessor, yet not much pricier, you have to figure Microsoft expected the recent fine form of the Surface family at the US box-office to continue into the all-important holiday season.
But it seems the Surface Book and Pro 4’s somewhat patchy availability and long waiting times are caused not only by rampant demand. Current low Intel Skylake yields will reportedly allow Redmond to ship over 100,000 Book units and roughly 200K Surface Pro 4s a month starting in 2016’s first quarter, instead of the originally targeted Q4 2015.
No words on how badly might these Skylake manufacturing problems impact device sales during the final stages of this year, but on the plus side, Microsoft should rise when everyone else slumps, i.e. in the post-holiday 90-day window.
The question is can the super-high-end, ultra-productive new Surface duo give the iPad Pro a run for its money? And the answer is… maybe, although Apple’s largest tablet to date is forecasted to hit 2.5 million sales volumes through December. That doesn’t sound impressive by Air or Mini standards, but if the above numbers are correct, the Surface Book and Pro 4 shall merely total a million or so shipments in Q1 2016.
Oddly enough, the US MS e-store only lists the top-of-the-line Core i7/16GB RAM and Core i7/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/dGPU configurations of the Surface Pro 4 and Book respectively as shipping in more than a few days. So, either this report is incorrect, or Intel already fixed whatever held up Skylake chips.