Buying a MacBook Air at an Apple Store....

shandyman

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The online store lets you pick a custom setup for processor, memory and hard drive size. Can you do the same for buying in store?
 

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Nope, buy you should be able to ship to store.
The store only has stock configurations, no option for a custom build.
 
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shandyman

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Buying a MacBook Air at an Apple Store....

They have em' in ultimate config too. I got mine at the store.


Really? I want the 13" with 512Gb Hard Drive and 8Gb RAM, but I want to go pick it up rather than waiting a week for delivery which I'll then have to find a way to pick up as they only deliver when I'm working.


no all custom macs will have to be order online.

That's conflicting....

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Nope, buy you should be able to ship to store.

The store only has stock configurations, no option for a custom build.

That US Only? I'm in the UK. Also I can't really buy online as I'm not the one paying lol.
 
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kage207

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Not sure how it works in the UK but it will take the same time to ship to the store or to your home as they have to build your computer, based off what I know in the US.

Most stores do carry the Ultimate config, meaning highest end processor, highest memory and highest storage upgrade Apple offers. That does not mean your store will carry or actually have them. Just call the store and ask.
 
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jmoore5196

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Some Apple retail stores have the "ultimate" configurations in stock; others don't.

I wanted an "ultimate" 11" and found only the "ultimate" 13" at five stores I checked. I have heard from other purchasers that they found the 11" "ultimate" in stock at the store in their area.

It's important to note that you ought to physically go to the store rather than call on the phone. Sometimes the staff is helpful via phone, but sometimes they don't really give a damn.
 
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Thanks everyone, I was not aware of Ultimate configuration until this thread.I will give them a call tomorrow and see if my local one has what I want.

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It is a shame that they do not have online stock checker.
 
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awair

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I bought mine in UK, ultimate 13" (512/8GB/i7). It was shortly after launch, so they were scarce worldwide: (at the time Hong Kong was out of stock, and a couple of US locations). I imagine the situation is more stable now.

Stock level does depend on the store. Can you check via the Apple Store app? I can for US locations, but it saya not available for the UK stores: don't know if this is because Personal Pickup is not available in UK or because my account does not match the location.
 
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Jefe's MacAir

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Can confirm that I also purchased and 'ultimate' at the Apple store on release day.

The other times I have gone in to the store to purchase an Air only the base and ultimate were available in store.
 
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AppleFanatic10

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The online store lets you pick a custom setup for processor, memory and hard drive size. Can you do the same for buying in store?
Depends, you'd have to ask the store what kinds they have. Usually you can just configure your Mac online and you can pick it up at your local Apple Store.
 
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mattferg

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If you're spending that much on the 'ultimate' model, you'll actually find the competing rMBP with the 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD and second highest processor is actually cheaper. I'd suggest ordering that.
 
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michaelsviews

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To the OP, I see your in the UK , which there stock maybe different, but being from upstate NY , our store has the 13" MBA I7, 512SSD and 8GB Ram in stock all the time.

Same thing with the 15" rMBP maxed out CPU and 1TB drive.

They always carry them in stock. I have heard customers say that down in the city they have a wider selection.

Probably the bigger the store the more variation's of systems they carry , I mean how many times can you replicate the same computer ?
 
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canvasback13

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i couldn't find an 11' MBA with maxed out configuration in my area. I had to order. It was worth the wait.
 
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BayouTiger

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My local also generally has the "ultimate" config, though the configurator will never admit it. It will always say "Ships to Store" on everything except base.
 
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I wanted the 11" i7/8gb/512gb model and this summer none of the Apple Stores in New York or New Jersey had them in stock. But B&H photo had them in stock - and just about every other variety. I'm always up for a trip to B&H, it's a very cool place . But I need to use some restraint, because every time I go there I find something I MUST have that I never even knew existed. :D

Was just there a couple days ago with my friend who is visiting from Greece. Everytime she comes, we go to B&H with a list of stuff she needs to bring back home to friends.
 
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Honestly, it's worth a trip to New York just to visit that store. :) Never saw anything else like it before. I have worked with pro video for many years and would be afraid to tally up all the $$$ I've spent there.

The place is full of people visiting from all over the world and buying stuff. But I don't think you will see them opening stores in other places, it is definitely a "New York Thing". ;)
 
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