Will Apple Stores have High Spec RiMacs with i7 and SSD?

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  1. dsc888 macrumors 6502

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    Hey Folks,

    I am planning to pick up a new Late 2015 5K RiMac and am wondering if the Apple Store will have a high spec version with the i7 and SSD. I remember years back they had some of those retailing close to $3k along with the base ones. I seem to only see a $2299 version with the i5 with a 2Gb Fusion drive on BestBuy and Amazon to be released soon.

    It would be nice as I can get a 20% discount if I pay with my Discover card with ApplePay. That and a Student discount would make this an amazing deal.
     
  2. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

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    apple stores usually only got base models. Any type of config change would be a special order.
    I ordered mine with max on most things & it's coming next week
     
  3. dsc888 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK. Thank you for your input. I was hoping that the stores would carry more configurations as there are those who want better specs.
     
  4. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    My Apple Store usually carries each of the standard configs (good, better, best) and then one loaded config. On the iMacs, however, loaded does not mean that it will have the largest SSD; usually it is the largest Fusion drive. In this case, I expect them to stock the 27" 5k w/ 4GHz, M395X, and 3TB Fusion.

    Right now, it looks like the M395X is in short supply. According to the purchase thread, no iMac with this GPU has yet shipped.
     
  5. dsc888 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, topgunn! I thought it would be silly for the stores to only have one configuration. I remember seeing 2 price point on the Mac Pros with different processors and RAM when I was at the Apple Store last time as well.
     
  6. vetruvian macrumors member

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    I searched Apple stores exhaustively for upgraded 2014 versions a few months back with no luck. They only carry the base models unfortunately. I was really bummed because I like to go to a store and buy a product on the spot. I am assuming it will be the same for the new 2015 models.
     
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  8. dsc888 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, Vetruvian!

    As for Best Buy, they have the $2299 version with the m390 video card, 2Tb Fusion HD and 8 Gb of RAM. It's basically the "Better" option of the 3 configs Apple starts out with. You can get decent pricing with both the student discount, an old mover's coupon (10%) and Apple Pay. But I want an i7 and the m395x card so it looks like it's going to be a BTO only at this point.
     
  9. MacVault macrumors 65816

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    Can you do a build to order config in-store at a physical Apple Store or a Bestbuy to get the Discover 10% cashback?
     
  10. dsc888 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately, you cannot. You can only pay online which means you only get about a 10% discount if you checkout using Discover's shopping portal. You can however build through the Education store for another 10% off and pick up in a store that doesn't charge tax for even more savings. I live in Boston so I can have my BTO picked up in the Salem, NH store to save another 6.25%. So it's 10%x2 + 6.25% for a rough savings of almost 27%. Not bad actually.
     
  11. vetruvian macrumors member

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    Ya, I really wish they would offer some of the BTO configs in store. But when you do the math, there are 60 different configurations in the 27" alone. Probably a supply chain nightmare.

    Props on holding out to order the higher end custom model. I will be the same here shortly.
     
  12. Melodeath macrumors 6502a

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    I believe Shop Discover is 5%, not 10%. It's the Discover Apple Pay that's 10%
     
  13. dsc888 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes. I meant that you can double the cash back to 10% until 12/31/2015 with the Discover it card as a new member, which I am. Sorry.
     
  14. Abqpete macrumors newbie

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    In my experience, the inventory you see online does not show everything the store has. Every year, I go to my local store and ask them what the highest spec they have and that unit is never visible online. I've gotten top spec MacBooks, Macbook Airs, and well loaded iMacs this way. It is the store manager's discretion to order more loaded versions. I do not know if this has anything to do with my area (I live near both of the Palo Alto stores). Call or go in and ask them to look up their inventory.
     
  15. dsc888 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Good advice, Abqpete. I'm heading to my local Apple Store tomorrow to see what they truly have.
     

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