Apple adds more customization options to Retina MacBook

When the MacBook Pro with Retina display was launched and you wanted to buy one, you had to stick with the base models Apple provided. The only configurable option was to increase the memory from 8 to 16 gigabytes. However that has changed, because Apple has expanded the configuration options on the low-end model so you don't have to buy the pricier model if you want a bit more juice out of your Retina MacBook.

You can now upgrade the processor and storage as well. It's $100 more if you want the 2,6 GHz model over the base 2,3 GHz quad-core Intel i7 CPU, and another $250 more if you want 2,7 GHz. To increase the base 256 GB flash storage to 512 GB, it will cost you $500. Apple charges $1,000 more for 768 GB of flash storage. By comparison, the high-end model costs $600 more and offers a 2,6 GHz processor with 512 GB of storage.

For those users who like to get started even faster after buying their MacBook, you can now choose to have individual iWork applications preinstalled. This can come in handy if you don't have a fast Internet connection, because normally iWork has to be downloaded via the Mac App Store.

The shipping time has also been brought down to five or seven business days, instead of one or two weeks.

Source: Techradar | Image via Apple

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20 Comments

Uplift said,
Kinda wish i got the 16GB model now .. nevermind i'll just upgrade in next y..... oh wait!

*opens instructions on how to upgrade ram* step one remove screws... step two buy new logic board that costs almost as much as system...... step three..... cry

I wish they would have had these when I got mine. I don't really care to upgrade to 16GB but I sure would pay $100 for the CPU upgrade

Worst thing about this machine is that you can't buy 512GB SSD now and upgrade it to 1000GB when prices come down.... or perhaps people don't do this anyway with laptops.

ahhell said,
Having a TB drive in a laptop is WAY overkill.

Not really. We're in the "post PC era" remember. A lot of households are moving away from having PCs in their house and just one main laptop or tablet. So in theory, the more hard drive space the better.

ahhell said,
Having a TB drive in a laptop is WAY overkill.

Not really.. I DJ with my laptop.. I do videos and music.. 1TB is not enough lol

Zoom7000 said,

Not really. We're in the "post PC era" remember. A lot of households are moving away from having PCs in their house and just one main laptop or tablet. So in theory, the more hard drive space the better.

wouldn't the post pc era say you don't need much storage at all because everything is cloud storage? I have yet to come across someone who has moved to one main system and it be a tablet, almost everyone has a desktop or laptop still

Fus10n said,

Not really.. I DJ with my laptop.. I do videos and music.. 1TB is not enough lol

You mean you can't do all that witha a tablet? *gasp*

My current Macbook Pro has a 128GB SSD (all I could afford at the time) and 750GB hard drive (took out the DVD drive). At least I can upgrade this anytime I want with a new SSD (and hard drive). Oh, and I run Windows 7, 95% of the time.

Zoom7000 said,

Not really. We're in the "post PC era" remember. A lot of households are moving away from having PCs in their house and just one main laptop or tablet. So in theory, the more hard drive space the better.

For storage, a personal server or a cloud service should be used. There is just a minor of people that actually needs 1TB of easy accessible data. Please do not whine about your digital photoalbum since you do not need to have instant access to them and they could easily be placed on a server/cloud. Nowadays we have such fast connection that is wouldn't take long to download couple of hundred photos I just a couple of seconds.

Pooze said,

For storage, a personal server or a cloud service should be used. There is just a minor of people that actually needs 1TB of easy accessible data. Please do not whine about your digital photoalbum since you do not need to have instant access to them and they could easily be placed on a server/cloud. Nowadays we have such fast connection that is wouldn't take long to download couple of hundred photos I just a couple of seconds.

I don't recall "whining" about anything in the comment I made. As for your comment, I personally support a lot of users who don't even understand what a personal server or cloud storage is and they would preferably have this storage option locally, for a lot of people the larger local space is a decent enough option.

Great news! and a bargain at twice the price!
oh wait its Apple, so its most likely already twice the price

It's also twice the build quality, 4 times the display resolution and 10 times the operating system.

Fry said,
It's also twice the build quality, 4 times the display resolution and 10 times the operating system.

Better compared to what? A potato? But in "general" perhaps yes:

Build Quality is better but at $2000+ most machines are built well
Resolution, is pointless but there are other laptop manufacturers with HD screens besides apple.
OS is subject to opinion, 10x better than what? At doing what?

My Potato is 10x faster, 30x more tasty and contains 50% less carbohydrates than your macbook.

Fry said,
It's also twice the build quality, 4 times the display resolution and 10 times the operating system.

10 times the OS? Of what iOS?

You have no concept of OSes if you think OS X even is a drop in the bucket compared to the NT architecture of Windows.

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