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Retina MacBook Pro buyers can now choose CPU, storage options

Apple's order page now lets you configure all of the key options for both models of the high-resolution MacBook Pro.

Apple's Retina MacBook Pro
Apple's Retina MacBook Pro Apple

Consumers eyeing a Retina MacBook Pro now have a choice of CPU, drive storage size, and other options.

Apple has revamped the order page for both flavors of the new MacBook Pro with a build-to-order configuration. So you can now pick your options based on the features you want and how much money you're willing to spend.

Previously, buyers looking for the less-expensive 2.3GHz model were forced to move up to the pricier 2.6GHz version if they needed a beefier CPU or more hard drive storage, noted Apple blogging site MacRumors.

Starting at a price of $2,199, the 2.3GHz edition adds a choice of a 2.6GHz or 2.7GHz CPU. As always, you can opt for either 8GB or 16GB of RAM. But now you can also pick your solid-state drive storage, selecting among 256GB, 512GB, or 768GB. Other options include a USB SuperDrive and Thunderbolt Display.

Kicking off at $2,799, the 2.6GHz Retina model gives you a choice of a 2.6GHz or 2.7GHz processor, 512GB or 768GB of flash storage, and the same SuperDrive and Thunderbolt Display offered by the entry-level model.

You can also pay for pre-installed software, including Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. And the usual protection plans and various accessories are available as well.

The new configuration options mean that people can save money by sticking with the entry-level model but adding options formerly available only with the more expensive edition.

And buyers don't have to wait as long to get their new MacBooks. The wait time for the Retina models just dropped to 5 to 7 business days, down from 1 to 2 weeks previously, a sign that supply is finally creeping up to demand.

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