Retina MacBook Pro ship times are now under a week, but why two build options?


Retina MacBook Pros shipping times moved last night from a “1-2 week” delivery window to “5-7 days”. This means Apple is close to catching up to demand. Also, with the additional configuration options Apple added to the base model yesterday, there is no reason to have a high-end and a low-end model on the store.

For instance, the low-end Retina can be configured with 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz, or 2.7GHz processors, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and 256GB, 512GB, or 768GB of Flash storage. Those top out at the same specs as the high-end rMBP (and are priced the same, as well).

However, if you are an EDU or corporate discount customer, it is CHEAPER to configure the low end than buy the high end. From a reader:

The 2.6 8GB 512GB model is $2539 if you choose the base model and add a processor upgrade and storage upgrade and $2599 if you buy it outright. I called apple pointed it out to them and they refunded me 60$ from the laptop i bought last month!

Some more folks chiming in:

Is this an oversight or will additional options soon be available for the high-end?

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