BTOs at Apple retail stores?

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  1. Woz Beard macrumors regular

    Woz Beard

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    I know Apple retail stores have sold other computer configs besides the stock models in the past, so I want to know if anyone has purchased a different MB config at a store; if so, please be detailed.

    Thanks!
     
  2. smooth macrumors 6502

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    November of last year I went to purchase the high-end MacBook (blackbook), which normally came with 1 GB ram, but they also had that model with 2 GB which I got (I was a noob and didn't know it would be easy and cheaper to upgrade ram myself). But now the MacBooks come with 2 GB standard and I would be surprised to see the stores with 4 GB.
     
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    BTOs are strictly YMMV.
     
  4. arthursiew macrumors 6502

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    Not every store does it, but they really don't do BTOs. They probably only do RAM upgrades, because I heard that some people were able to upgrade their RAMs at the store. Other than that, I don't think you can upgrade the hard drive or have software preinstalled. You can still get the Accessories and Software at the store though.
     
  5. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Upgrading RAM on the new MacBook is a vastly more complicated and time consuming process compared to the old one. I would be surprised if the stores still do this.
     
  6. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    It's what, 8 screws instead of 3? ;) Either way, it's still WAYYY easier than a Mac mini memory upgrade, which they still do.
     
  7. Nykwil macrumors 65816

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    I'm probably gunna buy my own ram, but what does apple charge to upgrade the ram in store?
     
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    The Soho store here in NYC offered to upgrade my RAM when I bought it. $150 and 1 hour.
     
  9. JNB macrumors 604

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    Actually, for once the Apple RAM upgrade is arguably a fair(ish) deal. $150 for 4GB installed vs. $145 DIY. Yes, you could keep the old RAM with the DIY, but as noted in another thread the practical value of the old RAM is debatable.

    I would expect that the majority--if not all--Stores will do that in-house at the point of purchase. Also, as I recall when I got my iMac G5, I did the in-Store upgrade and got the original RAM returned to me in the box that the new RAM came in.
     

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