Can you really only buy a MacBook Air i7 from Apple’s online store? What if you don’t want to wait 2 to 4 days – perhaps longer – for your MacBook Air i7 to arrive? What if you want to take an i7 MacBook Air home today?
Mac Crazy investigates whether its possible to buy a MacBook Air i7 2011 / 2012 model over the counter today.
How to Buy a MacBook Air i7 – What Apple Says
The MacBook Air’s technical specifications on Apple’s website say the new MacBook Air i7 is only available at Apple’s online shop:
$1199 model configurable to dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 with 4MB shared L3 cache, only at the Apple Online Store.
Is this true?
Benefits of Buying a MacBook Air in the Apple Store
If you can buy a MacBook Air in store, you can save the time waiting for it to be delivered. You take it home (or to work) now.
Another advantage to buying a MacBook Pro at a physical Apple Store is business pricing. If you have a business, the Apple Store business team also give you special business pricing.
Emeryshores, a Mac Crazy reader in Tennessee, says he can save 9.25% off a MacBook Air by buying it from an Apple Store on a tax free weekend.
Does the Apple Store carry stock of the MacBook Air i7?
I checked the stocks of MacBook Air available at my local Apple Store. That’s an official Apple-owned store, not a Mac reseller.
What I found is that my local Apple Store carried stock of the MacBook Air (MBA) with the fast, new Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor. They had the i7 MacBook Air in both the 11 inch and 13 inch sizes.
(By the way, if you’d like to more information about whether to buy an i5 or i7 MacBook Air model, see “i7 vs i5 MacBook Air – is the upgrade worth it?”.)
This matches my experience with buying a MacBook Pro i7 15 inch in late 2010. The high resolution antiglare display was officially only available from Apple online. I dropped into the Apple Store at Bondi, and they had an i7 MacBook Pro 15″ with an antiglare display in stock. This saved me the two to three week wait at that time for MacBook Pro with a custom configuration.
The Apple staff member explained that they don’t make any changes to the MacBook Air configuration at the Apple Store. This means, you get the size of flash storage (SSD) that’s preinstalled – you can’t downgrade or upgrade it at the store.
Stock of the i7 MacBook Air at Apple Stores in Different Countries
The Apple Store I checked is in Sydney, Australia. I asked the salesperson whether other Apple Store’s would also carry stock of the MacBook Air i7, particularly the U.S. He said that other Apple Stores have “got what we’ve got”.
At present we’ve confirmed the i7 MacBook Air has been available at Apple Stores in:
- Sydney CBD, Sydney, Australia
- Montreal, Canada
- Pioneer Square, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
- Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
- Chadstone, Melbourne Australia
- Bridgewater, New Jersey, U.S.A.
- Natick, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Thanks very much to readers who have commented on availability at their store!
I’m interested to hear whether your local Apple Store has stock of the MacBook Air i7. Please leave a comment here about what you find, if you can.
So it’s likely that your local Apple Store has stock of the 11″ & 13″ MacBook Air i7 right now.
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