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Bypassing Apple\'s MacBook Pro wait time

updated 01:30 pm EST, Tue February 14, 2006

MacBook Pro buying tips

Mac users can bypass the current 3-4 week waiting period for their new MacBook Pro by upgrading their laptop with a faster 7,200 rpm version of the included 100GB laptop drive. Though BTO configuration increases the price by about $100, users can receive the BTO configured MacBook Pro in 1-3 business days, according to AppleInsider, which first noted the shopping tip. Apple's BTO (built-to-order) has been used in the past to bypass long shipping times, according to the same report. "In a similar situation, observant customers learned over the holiday shopping season that ordering iPods with an engraving allowed them to bypass weeks of backorders for the same models that did not ship with an engraving (standard configurations)." [Apple has since corrected the ordering glitch]

by MacNN Staff





  1. Spacemoose

    Joined: Dec 1969


    These haven't shipped ye

    It's a trap!

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get the Faster Drive!!!

    It's absolutley worth spending an extra $100 to get the 7200 rpm hard drive. I got one with my PowerBook and it makes a noticeable speed difference.

    EVERYTHING that requires accessing the hard drive is sped up; launching applications, opening and saving documents, etc. Since OS X makes such EXTENSIVE use of the hard drive for virtual memory, it really does make a difference system-wide!

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969


    667 G4

    I upgraded a 667 G4 Powerbook from a 20GB 4800 to a 60GB7200 drive two years ago and it increased overall performance by 20%, disk access is always the bottleneck in overall system performance. I plan on ordering mine with the upgraded drive

  1. Shockidelica

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Power hit w/ 7200 RPM

    Can either of you who updated to a 7200RPM drive give an estimate on how much of a hit the drive has on the battery life?


  1. aSwindler

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I hope it's true

    but I doubt it. I placed one of the earliest orders the day of the announcement and got the 7200RPM drive and they are still saying the 28th. :(

  1. carlmuck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I believe it to be a glit

    just like aswindler I've got a first day order (5:21 pm) +7200 rpm drive and it's showing 28 Feb now Great Valentines gift Apple =:-(

    BTW I didn't get any sort of notice from apple about the change, just saw it when I checked (for the second time today) the Apple Store page.


  1. howdesign

    Joined: Dec 1969



    According to the pple Store, the 100GB 7200RPM drive adds $200 to the price....over the base 80GB.

  1. technohedz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Power hit

    I haven't upgraded the last pb, but I know on a few ibooks and an older ti book the speed gain is incredible. If you consider the amount of memory accessed on the drive and the number of times it is used by the OS, it seems reasonable to assume that increasing the drive speed keeps the same battery life or increases it. If you have a bunch of memory and you have it set to spin down then you eliminate the hogs like watching a dvd. Using a ram disk for some things can help as well.

    I honestly felt that an ibook g3 w/ and slightly faster drive and bigger buffer was a lot faster than a new g4 ibook. Sorry, the bottleneck at the drive kills the performance and w/ modern os'es memory and drivespace are just needed

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