What you need to know
- Apple's M1-equipped Macs are now available to buy and collect in-store.
- You might struggle if you're in the United States, though.
Apple's new M1-powered MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini are now available for in-store pickup. Depending on where you happen to live.
The three new machines are beginning to arrive at the homes of people who got their pre-orders in sharpish, but anyone ordering now is going to have to wait a couple of weeks for their new machines to arrive. The other option, if you're in the right part of the world, is to order online and collect in-store either immediately, or the next-day.
A quick check of a few international Apple Stores shows stock available for next-day collection in Australia, while UK buyers can walk into a store on Thursday, November 19, and pick up their fancy new Mac.
It's a little more complicated in the United States, however. With various degrees of lockdown in place it doesn't seem that in-store pickup is something you're going to be able to do. At least, not in the dozen or so locations I checked. Your mileage may – and hopefully, will! – vary.
I'd suggest checking your local store for stock before placing an order for home delivery, but with Apple's current supply issues and demand seemingly fairly high, you might have a little wait before getting your hands on all that lovely M1 power.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.