We are in no way surprised that there is huge demand for the new DJI Mavic Pro quadcopter, perhaps the most advanced drone available for the average consumer. Except, demand is so high that “available” may be an incorrect word to use, the latest update from the world’s leading drone manufacturer states an expected shipping date of December some time, at the earliest.
We only recently announced that the Mavic Pro started shipping, but we made sure to note that things were on hold for new purchases then as well. Mid-November shipping dates have now turned to mid to late-December, and we have every reason to believe that you could be looking at a 2017 delivery if DJI doesn’t make a major change soon.
November 15th will be an interesting day for DJI, they have an event planned in LA, we expect to announce a new Inspire 1, or, the Inspire 2, if you will. The Inspire line is a step up from the old standard Phantom line in terms of size, capabilities and, well, price. The Mavic Pro, we feel, is a more capable drone than the first gen. Inspire, so an update is more than due, but, what promises can they make for the new drone delivery with the Mavic Pro experiencing such delays?
Back to the announcement at hand:
“We owe you an apology for our delays in delivering the new Mavic Pro.”
DJI states that for orders placed before November 3rd, they will do their best to ship within the next seven to eight weeks. They are working diligently to ramp up production, so hopefully your fancy new drone can arrive before the New Year, but if you are purchasing as a Christmas gift, things aren’t looking so good.
Previous delays were due to a manufacturing issue, stating that they had trouble integrating a part into the Mavic Pro. That was apparently resolved within a week, but when every day counts, that’s a long time for expectant new drone owners. Particularly of concern for many that pre-ordered was the immediate billing of their orders. DJI addresses this as well, simply stating that they are exploring potential alternatives with their payment provider.
We still think the DJI Mavic Pro is one of the best drones currently in production on a consumer level, but we have to ask if the exclusivity created by these inventory shortages is making you crave the device, or turn to another option?
Check out the full update at DJI here.