Well, I am in Bahrain and typing this message on the new cMPB at the store. Had set my heart on buying this one, but wanted to looK at the rMBP JUST ONE MORE TIME, and they are sold out. No Retina display models either, sooo I juess we will run to the mall and look at the APple store. Still think I am sold on the cMBP, BUT, had talked myself into 8 G RAM is enough and could live with the 256 SSD, and just upgrade next year to an 480G with OWC. But the end of the day I WILL OWN ONE, and it looks like since I am onlt here for 2 days, it will be the cMBP. Wish me luck Bahrain Edit: APplecare, yes or no. It is $329 here, no tax. That is probably standard. DO you have to buy Applecare at purchase or os their some time period?