It appears that Apple quietly expanded the available configuration options for its new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The company now offers individual upgrade options on either CPU or storage of its base model notebooks, which is tagged at $2,199.
Previously, owners of base model MacBook Pros are locked into a 2.3 GHz Core i7 processor and 256 GB of flash storage. The devices’ only configurable option is a RAM upgrade to 8 GB or 16 GB that costs $200. If users want to boost their notebook’s CPU or storage drive, they have to purchase the high-end model, which is priced at $2,799.
Configuration Options for MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
First appeared on Apple’s online store last Wednesday, the company’s 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display can now be custom built with solid-state drives of 512 and 768 GB. Owners of the base model Apple notebook, which features 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, can now have a 512 GB or 768 GB flash storage drive for an extra $500 or $1,000 respectively.
In addition, users can also upgrade their MacBook Pro to a faster 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor by adding $100. Prior to this, the Intel chip is only available with the 512 GB flash storage drive for an additional $600. An upgrade to 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor is also available for an extra $350.
These build-to-order configurations also come with 16 GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM for another $200. However, it is estimated that shipping times for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display will take a week or two. That’s because Apple is still catching up with the demand of its latest notebook.
On the other hand, the standard 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is available from third-party resellers. It comes with either 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM, as well as a 256 GB solid-state drive with 2.3 GHz processor. Meanwhile, the 2.6 and 2.7 GHz come with 512 GB of storage.
Issues on Apple’s Online Store
However, there were reports that the configuration options do not seem to register with the online store system. There were also conflicting reports on whether Apple pulled the build-to-order options after a few minutes or not. Nevertheless, the configurations are now displaying more consistently.
Other than configuring the base model MacBook Pro with Retina Display, Apple is also enabling users to have pre-installed iWork apps. Although the Mac App Store allows them to download and install the apps on their own, some customers will definitely want their notebooks ready to go upon delivery.