Even with recent price cuts, the Retina MacBook Pro is still plagued by inventory problems, according to an Asia-based report.
Component suppliers in Asia have not seen a major increase in orders, forcing Apple to sit on unsold inventory, according to a report in Digitimes.
That won't come as a surprise to U.S. retailers who have already indicated that the 13.3-inch Pro isn't selling as expected. Last week, the base 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro model plunged temporarily to $1,299 at MacConnection, a whopping $400 off its original price.
The model debuted at $1,699 in October. But Apple cut the price to $1,499 in February after widespread discounting from retailers such as Best Buy and MacMall.
The original pricing on the Retina MBP was a miscalculation by Apple. And the additional $200 discount at MacConnection last week may indicate that $1,499 -- Apple's price -- may still be too high.
Apple is facing newfound competition from Google's Chromebook Pixel, which bests the MBP in a few key hardware areas: it has higher pixel density (239 pixels per inch versus the MBP's 227), has a touch screen, and can be configured with internal 4G.
And the base Pixel model is priced at $1,299.