MacBook Pro Specs

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  1. e.magnusson macrumors member

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    It seems like there's quite a large delay for the MacBook Pros (5-7 business days?) and I was wondering if anyone knew why. Is it just because they're in such high demand? And is there anything I can do to speed up the process, like certain upgrades that take longer to do.
    I'm ordering the 2.2 GHz 15-inch one, and I'm making the screen glossy, as opposed to matte. I'm also upgrading the drive to 160 GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm. (those are the only upgrades) I'll be doing video editing so that's what the upgraded drive is for. Is there really any significant difference between this drive and the standard one? If its the thing that is causing the delay I could easily get an external HD–which I may be doing anyway.

    The reason for the 'cutting corners for speed' is I'll be needing it fairly quick and from experience of ordering from Apple it usually takes a week once its shipped to end up on my doorstep. If these upgrades won't differ any in how quick it ships out then please tell me.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    If you need it that fast, why don't you just go to an Apple Store or Apple authorized reseller and buy one there?
     
  3. e.magnusson thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh jeez, haha, I really never thought f that. I don't have any Apple stores in Alberta I'm sure some store has it. Thanks lol
     
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    No Problem :)
     
  5. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    5-7 days seems fast to me. iPhone wait is 2-4 weeks. I waited 5 weeks for my MBP when I ordered it. My mom was in labor with me for 8 hours... yup 5-7 business days is fast.:)
     
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    But can he get a customized Macbook Pro at the store? I thought the store only has the standard ones.
     
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    No, you can't, but they can get an external drive to make up for the lost space. They said they needed it fast, so I gave them the fastest option.
     
  8. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    The only customization would be the HD 17" that the Apple stores sell. Otherwise, no.
     
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Go to a local independent Apple dealer, pick up a stock unit, and have them install the larger.faster drive of your choice, and put the drive that came out of it into an external case.

    http://www.apple.com/buy/

    Alternatively, go with the stock model and an external FW drive of your choice -- in that case choose a 3.5" drive which is much faster.
     
  10. e.magnusson thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry to through on another question here, but what is the difference between the two hard drives? And also, I'll be buying an external display for my laptop sometime in the near future so is it even worth making the screen glossy versus matte? I don't really know the difference between the two.
     
  11. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    More capacity, if you're talking about the 120GB vs. the 160GB hard drives. And I would suggest getting the matte screen, because the external display you'll get will more than likely be matte, so it'll be what you're used to.
     
  12. e.magnusson thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay thanks.

    Does it still ask you what means you want it to ship by? i.e. Priority etc.
    Because if it does I'll just bring put it to priority so it gets here faster.
    Thanks.
     
  13. dusanv macrumors 6502

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    I got mine about 36 hours (if I remember correctly) after it was shipped from Shanghai with regular shipping. FedEx rocks. I'm assuming expedited will be even quicker.
     
  14. Sopranino macrumors 6502

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    Ahhh, another Albertan!

    I ordered on June 5th, and waited until around the 28th before it actually shipped out of Shanghai, it hasn't arrived but it is en-route. I did call Apple to find out about the apparent delay, Colin (Apple phone voice) told me that two things were contributing to the delay, the first was the iPod promotion for schools had caused a backlog of orders, and the second was the CTO (glossy screen).

    Sopranino
     
  15. e.magnusson thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, thank you very much. I guess I won't order the glossy screen on it because I need it fairly quickly and all the authorized re-sellers near me don't sell it with the upgrades I want. So I'm assuming that it isn't worth getting the glossy display for all the extra time it will take???


    I'll be ordering it (hopefully) by the end of next week, and I want it by August
    and need it by August fifth. (I'm doing a major presentation and right now have nothing to work on it with.
    If I order it with upgrading the hard drive to 160 GB 5400 rpm when i would arrive? I'll be ordering around the ninth (or so) and like I aid would be needing it by August.
    Thanks.
     

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