Upgrade Macbook Air Retail Stores

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by macintoshBR, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. macintoshBR macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2011

    I'm going to be in the USA next month and I want to buy the New macbook air 13'', with core i7 (upgraded). I can't buy it at apple online store because, obviously, my billing address is different from my "mailing address" (hotel address) and Apple just don't accept it.

    I was wondering, can I upgrade it to core i7 at any apple physical store or is there any other way to purchase from apple online store?

    Please, answers like "buy it in your country" are not helpful at all.

    Thank you very much
  2. Obscurelight macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
    Really? The apple online store has mailed me plenty of stuff even when my billing and shipping address does not correlate. Also you would have to ask if the store has it in stock to know for sure. If by any chance you can stop by 5th ave flagship store here in NYC, I know they have every model in stock.
  3. macintoshBR thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2011
    At macbook air's page (http://www.apple.com/macbookair/specs.html) they say:
    "$1599 model configurable to dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 with 4MB shared L3 cache, only at the Apple Online Store."

    But, Macbook air store's page (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_air/select?mco=MjMzOTQxMjE) the terms "only at the Apple Online Store" don't appear.

    But your information was very useful. Maybe many other stores have all models, thank you!!

    EDIT: Account verification

    To prevent any unnecessary delays processing your order, please ensure that the billing addresses on your order matches the information on your credit card account. If you have recently moved or are unsure whether you receive your credit card statement at your work or home address, please contact your card-issuing bank using the 800 number on the back of your credit card to confirm.
  4. Obscurelight macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    The stores in big cities usually have the top-of-the-line models, regardless of what it says on Apple's web site. If you go to a suburban store, they are more likely just to have the base models (but much shorter lines). 5th Avenue in NYC is your best bet, but the Upper West Side store is also good (66th and Broadway). Where in the US are you headed? I'd guess that the flagship store in any big city would have the model you are looking for.
  6. kelhart macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2002
    Toronto, Canada
    So far as I'm aware, they don't do custom builds at the apple stores.

    However, I was surprised to find that they were selling the top of line 11" MBA (i7 with 256Gb SSD) at my local apple store here in Toronto.

    On the online store you have to configure it as a custom build. Maybe Apple has figured out that there are folks who like to trick-out their macs and they are starting to stock some top-of-the-line builds along with the stock builds.

    So, I expect you should be able to find one.
  7. Cynicalone macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2008
    Okie land
    They carry the following models in my local Apple Store.

    • 13" i5 128GB
    • 13" i5 256GB
    • 13" i7 256GB
  8. macintoshBR thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2011
    In 2009 I went to Orlando-FL and bought a Macbook and the RAM was upgraded to 4gb smoothly at physical store. But this warning in the website concerned me, mainly because now I need a CPU upgrade.
  9. Catdog12349 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2011
    I got my 11" i7 256gb at my store. And my store is probably the smallest apple store ever. I didnt think they would have it there but i asked and they did :D
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    The thing to remember with the Airs is that they are not installing upgrades. They either have the upgraded models in stock or they don't. The RAM and CPU are soldered on. The NYC stores have several of the models in stock, including the 11" and 13" Core i7. I'm guessing a lot of the stores will have the 13" Core i7 and 11" Core i7 256GB. It might just be the 11" Core i7 128GB model that's hard to find. In any case, if you get to a store and they say they don't have it, ask them to check in back. Often times the sales people don't know for sure what's in stock and what isn't.
  11. MJedi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2010
    As others have mentioned, some (all?) Apple Stores carry the "Ultimate" configuration of the MBA, meaning these MBA's will have all the upgrades in the store. So, they will have 13-inch i7 models in stock.
  12. Pipper99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    I bought my ultimate 13" MBA at my local Apple store in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
  13. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Depending on how good your hotel is, its possible the concierge can bill the cost to your room.
  14. macintoshBR thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2011
    Does anybody know any store with the ultimate 13'' MBA in LA, San Jose or Las Vegas?
  15. P0stalTek macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2011
    I'd give this a shot. The economy being what it is, hotel chains are really going above and beyond these days to score your return business. If you have a decent credit card on file with them, they would probably at least consider it ;)

    Good luck and enjoy your visit (trip)!

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