I decided to purchase the recently released MacBook from the Online Apple Store in the Philippines. The variant I'm getting is the custom made 1.3ghz --an upgrade from the 1.1ghz 256gb model with the color Space Gray. At the time of writing, the estimated shipping date for the new MacBook is at 4-6 weeks. I placed my order on April 12, 2015 and the estimated delivery date was between May 27 to June 6, 2015.
Here's the timeline of my order:
April 10, 2015 - Macbook and the Apple Watch became available to order online with 3-4 weeks est. shipping time..
April 12, 2015 - ordered online but credit card was not yet charged. Waiting time was now 4-6 weeks :(
May 8, 2015 - credit card was charged and order status became 'Processing Items'. The Macbooks also became available to purchase from some resellers in the Philippines (1.1 and 1.2 ghz variants). During this time, I was tempted to cancel my online order and purchase from one of the resellers but I decided to stick with the custom 1.3ghz variant which I initially ordered.
May 12, 2015 - I checked the status around 4pm and it was now 'Preparing for Shipment'. At 10pm, I received an email which notified me that the item has been shipped and also contained its DHL tracking number.
From this point towards the end, the shipment updates now came from DHL.com:
May 16, 2015 - The tracking status had no updates and on this day, I decided to call up DHL regarding it. DHL said that my order was awaiting customs documentation and on top of that he also said some other stuff. Apparently, Apple and DHL have a mutual agreement to deliver products based on the schedule that Apple sets. This means that even if the product is already in the Philippines, DHL will not deliver unless the date of schedule is met and in my case, this was May 26, 2015. Guess I'll have to wait a bit more but at least I got a good piece of information for reference of my future orders.
May 20, 2015 - The package arrived at the DHL facility in Pasig. Around 10am, the status became scheduled to be delivered as agreed, which upon calling DHL, meant that the delivery date was truly May 26. I wasn't about to wait another 6 days for it so I decided to pick it up from their service center. After a quick trip to Pasig, I finally got my new MacBook :)
Here's the final DHL order status from their site: