MBA Difference

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Hakstern626, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. Hakstern626 macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2010
    Hey guys this is my first MAC product and i see people posting there MBA's


    MBA 11"
    MBA 13"
    MBA 13" Ultimate

    how can you tell what yours is??

    when i went too the apple store i was never told that there was an MBA ultimate, and i had my MBA 13.3 for about a week an a half now.

    can somone explain or tell me how too check?

    Thank you.
  2. Mr. Savage, Nov 22, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2010

    Mr. Savage macrumors regular

    Mr. Savage

    Jun 11, 2010
    Click on the Apple in the top left corner. Click "About this Mac". Click "More Info"

    (If your machine cost you 1299.00 US, you have the "base" model with 2GB of RAM, 128 SSD drive and 1.86 GHz processor.)
  3. Mechinyun macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    The "ultimate" is nothing official, at least to my knowledge.

    I use it to refer to my 13' that has all the upgrades apple offers
  4. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    The base MBA comes with 2GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. Available upgrades include:
    4GB Ram
    256GB SSD
    2.13 Ghz processor

    When you have all 3 upgrades... that is what people term "ultimate".

    Originally the Apple stores were only stocking base models, and everything else needed to be ordered online as a config to order purchase. Now they stock a few different versions... including the ultimate.

    If you decide you want to upgrade, there is a pretty good chance that your apple store will let you upgrade without paying a restocking fee. If that is important to you... I would not delay.

  5. teski macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2010
    Correct. There is nothing official that says 'Ultimate'. It's just a term people use to describe the model that has the maxed out specs.
  6. Hakstern626 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2010
    soo i bought the Base model @ $1299 but they were offering the $1499 one also at the apple store. Am i still able too upgrade? and does anyone know how much it will cost?

    and thank you everyone for explaining what this means haha
  7. Steven in VA macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2009
    If you happen to be in Virginia, the people at the Apple Store in Richmond are very nice. They will almost certainly help you with a new order/exchange for the "ultimate" model (with which you are now familiar) at full credit for your base model.
  8. Steven in VA macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2009

    Since you're switching, if you can afford it and make time to use it often, the One To One program would be very valuable to you, as well.
    (No, I don't work for Apple.)
  9. Glaxx macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2007

    The only way you could upgrade is if you're within your return window and can return it. You'd have to pay the restocking fee and then the additional difference between your model and the upgraded model. However, as mentioned before, there are nice Apple Stores/Employees out there that could potentially help you with waiving the restocking fee, or allowing you to exchange beyond your return window.

    Best of luck if you go this route!
  10. treynolds macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2010
    Yes, there ARE some nice Apple people out there. My wife was able to (last week) exchange her 3 month old, sat-on-her-desk, unused Mac Mini for an 11.6" MBA base-model. She paid the restocking fee for the Mini ($69), the difference in price between the two machines and sales tax on the difference.

    She was very fortunate to be able to get this done, and I don't recommend it as a course of action, but it never hurts to ask. My limited experience with Apple is that they are normally gracious and willing to please and will *usually* bend over backwards to help a customer upgrade to a more expensive product.

    She loves her Air as it's a better fit for her than the Mini and is one happy camper.

    Caveat emptor and all that, but it never hurts to ask (nicely)...

  11. Truffy macrumors 6502a


    May 9, 2005
    somewhere outside your window...
    You may be able to upgrade your machine by exchanging it for another, as others have stated, but you can only do this within a certain time window. And you CANNOT upgrade parts of the machine by swapping them for other parts. The RAM, for example, is soldered onto the logic board. So the only way of upgrading the memory is to get a new machine!
  12. foiden macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2008
    Eventually, the main thing one may upgrade in the MBA is the SSD Ram drive. That is not soldiered but plugged in.
  13. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Yesterday you said that you had it for 1.5 weeks... so you still should be within the 14 day return period. Technically, they should charge you a restocking fee... but they have been really good about waiving the fee if you upgrade. This is not guaranteed. I would not delay, as your chances of a waived-fee upgrade diminishes as you go past the 14 day return window.


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