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WWDC 2012: Apple already experiencing shipping delays for MacBook Pro with Retina display

It seems Apple has already burnt through its initial supplies of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, despite the product only launching a couple of days ago.

The highly sought after 15-inch notebook is available from £1,415 ($2,199) on the company's US online store, though the description indicates that shipping time for the computer currently stands at 3-4 weeks. By way of comparison, a standard display 15-inch MacBook Pro is simply listed as "In Stock," with the Retina-ready laptop already rumoured to be appearing on eBay at a significant mark-up.

Rolled out Monday during Cupertino's keynote speech at its 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, the MacBook Pro with Retina is the first in Apple's notebook range to be equipped with SSD storage by default.

The computer's casing has also been significantly improved, with multiple reports indicating it is noticeably thinner than the older MacBook Pro model of the same size, and - like the MacBook Air - makes do without an optical drive.

But the real story is the laptop's display. Powered by an Nvidia GeForce GT650M graphics processor, it has had fan boys and industry commentators alike swooning since it was introduced nigh on 48 hours ago.

Analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, for one, ventured that it was the "highest-resolution notebook display" presently available, going as far as to call it a "work of art."

Apple is no stranger to shipping delays and also struggled to cope with demand for its new iPad.