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A new "Compare Macs" option was added to Apple's online store Thursday, allowing customers to review the hardware specifications and prices of multiple machines at once.

The Apple Store was down temporarily early Thursday, and returned to quietly offer the unannounced new feature, which was first noted by The Loop. When browsing the Mac section of Apple's online store, the new feature is listed to the left of the product lineup atop the page.

After selecting Compare Macs, users are taken to an interactive Web application in the browser that allows them to select up to three different Macs, including notebooks and desktops. Users can view the standard hardware, or make additions such as more RAM or a larger hard drive, and compare the prices of each machine.

The side-by-side breakdown of each computer is presented in five categories: hardware, software, technical specifications, environmental status report and configuration summary.

After configuring a Mac in the comparison tool, if customers decide they want to buy that machine, they can quickly add it to their cart with the click of a button. In addition, customers save the configuration for later as they ponder their purchase.



Shoppers can also compare prices on Macs from Apple and other resellers by turning to the AppleInsider Mac Pricing Matrix, including below. Deals are available on all current generation Macs, which include the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini and Mac Pro.
post #2 of 31
I do not see this as a big deal. The Macs that the store sells are pretty easy to classify and compare. They do not try and emulate the Dell shopping experience with hundreds of nearly identical models.

Lets take a look at we find at Apple.com.

Plastic note book.
Metal notebook.
Thin Metal Notebook.
Note book w/o a screen or battery.
Notebook with a really big screen but no battery.

Large cheese grader that starts at 2 bazillion dollars.

Did I miss anything?

Ok, so I am being a little sarcastic but it's not like there are dozens of models to compare.
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post #3 of 31
I wish they would let you configure your Mac at the Apple Retail Store for later collection instead of leaving it as an Internet Store option only. I hate buying via the internet as I'm out all day and have had real problems with delivery companies in the past. I would rather visit my local AppleStore, specifiy what configuration I wanted from the options available and collect it at a later date. Either that or stock all the configutation options in-store for popular products like the MB, MBP and iMac. It can't be that difficult.
post #4 of 31
This new feature is totally awesome! It pisses over the likes of Dell and HP.

Disclaimer: I don't work for Apple, but am very slightly biased.
post #5 of 31
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Originally Posted by bigdaddyp View Post

I do not see this as a big deal. The Macs that the store sells are pretty easy to classify and compare. They do not try and emulate the Dell shopping experience with hundreds of nearly identical models.

Lets take a look at we find at Apple.com.

Plastic note book.
Metal notebook.
Thin Metal Notebook.
Note book w/o a screen or battery.
Notebook with a really big screen but no battery.

Large cheese grader that starts at 2 bazillion dollars.

Did I miss anything?

Ok, so I am being a little sarcastic but it's not like there are dozens of models to compare.

There are millions of configurations your can customise and compare the end prices, it's a very useful, very intuitively designed feature. Can't wait to pull apart the code and see how the auto scroll/collapse works, very nice indeed.
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Originally Posted by nkhm View Post

There are millions of configurations your can customise and compare the end prices, it's a very useful, very intuitively designed feature. Can't wait to pull apart the code and see how the auto scroll/collapse works, very nice indeed.

Millions?
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post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by bigdaddyp View Post

I do not see this as a big deal. The Macs that the store sells are pretty easy to classify and compare. They do not try and emulate the Dell shopping experience with hundreds of nearly identical models.

Lets take a look at we find at Apple.com.

Plastic note book.
Metal notebook.
Thin Metal Notebook.
Note book w/o a screen or battery.
Notebook with a really big screen but no battery.

Large cheese grader that starts at 2 bazillion dollars.

Did I miss anything?

Ok, so I am being a little sarcastic but it's not like there are dozens of models to compare.

Obviously you did.

You couldn't have even bothered the check out the Compare Macs feature to make such a dumb assumption?
post #8 of 31
I must be blind. I do not see the option.

???????

Dr. L
post #9 of 31
Took them long enough!
post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by hledgard View Post

I must be blind. I do not see the option.

???????

Dr. L

Go to the Apple Store. Select a Mac. Click the Compare Macs photo in the top bar to the right of the Apple Store icon.

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...co=MTAyNTQzNDQ

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/08/19/...tion-sections/
post #11 of 31
Apple doesn't really offer enough variety on their computers for many buyers to even care... especially when compared to Windows-based offerings.
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post #12 of 31
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Originally Posted by bigdaddyp View Post

Millions?

I actually believe there are over 100 million available configurations across the range, can't remember the exact number in amongst the sales pitch from Apple...
post #13 of 31
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Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post

Apple doesn't really offer enough variety on their computers for many buyers to even care... especially when compared to Windows-based offerings.

When you're customising your mac, it's great to have three versions of your ideal machine, customise them side by side, see the cost outcome and then decide which one to "buy now"...
post #14 of 31
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Originally Posted by nkhm View Post

There are millions of configurations your can customise and compare the end prices.

Actually, there's ony 14, not "millions".
You can customize these 14 by adding/changing stuff.
post #15 of 31
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Originally Posted by Onhka View Post

Obviously you did.

You couldn't have even bothered the check out the Compare Macs feature to make such a dumb assumption?

I was trying to point out in a somewhat humorous way that there are not that many models to compare. It is a nice enough feature and well implemented but something that I find to be not that a big deal. If it is useful for you then that is great, but still they are not a Dell or HP with dozens or even hundreds of different models to choose from.
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post #16 of 31
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Originally Posted by Chris_CA View Post

Actually, there's ony 14, not "millions".
You can customize these 14 by adding/changing stuff.

No, you can have multiple CPU, RAM, keyboard language, software, etc options. If you actually look at available number of options in the customization fields it does get into the millions.
post #17 of 31
Just needs to let us add refurbished Macs to the comparison.
post #18 of 31
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Originally Posted by SSquirrel View Post

No, you can have multiple CPU, RAM, keyboard language, software, etc options.

No, there are only base 14 models to choose from.
You can customize these 14 models into the "millions" of configurations.

If there were "millions of configurations your can customise" (as posted by nkhm), there would be +++squillions of possible configurations.
post #19 of 31
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Originally Posted by Onhka View Post

Go to the Apple Store. Select a Mac. Click the Compare Macs photo in the top bar to the right of the Apple Store icon.

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...co=MTAyNTQzNDQ

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/08/19/...tion-sections/

Merci ! ! Got it !
post #20 of 31
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Originally Posted by Chris_CA View Post

No, there are only base 14 models to choose from.
You can customize these 14 models into the "millions" of configurations.

If there were "millions of configurations your can customise" (as posted by nkhm), there would be +++squillions of possible configurations.

14 models, millions of configurations between them. Nothing is incorrect in the claim. You're just wrong.


Low end 21.5" iMac

Options
2 Memory
3 Mouse
8 keyboard
3 iwork
2 final cut express 4
2 logic express 9
3 filemaker
3 Office
2 Applecare
3 MobileMe
2 One to One
2 Apple Remote
2 Apple Charger
4 Printer

2*3*8*3*2*2*3*3*2*3*2*2*2*4= 995,328 options just for this ONE model. You may not like how they figure this, but that is the metric they are using when making the claim.
post #21 of 31
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Originally Posted by SSquirrel View Post

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2*3*8*3*2*2*3*3*2*3*2*2*2*4= 995,328 options just for this ONE model. You may not like how they figure this, but that is the metric they are using when making the claim.

LOL. Let Apple have quality, innovation, good value for the money... but leave variety and choice to others. You cannot have it all -- being too greedy may make one look silly. Just saying.
post #22 of 31
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Originally Posted by Shaun, UK View Post

I wish they would let you configure your Mac at the Apple Retail Store for later collection instead of leaving it as an Internet Store option only. I hate buying via the internet as I'm out all day and have had real problems with delivery companies in the past. I would rather visit my local AppleStore, specifiy what configuration I wanted from the options available and collect it at a later date. Either that or stock all the configutation options in-store for popular products like the MB, MBP and iMac. It can't be that difficult.

Why can't you configure online, print it out, take it to an Apple retailer, order it and pick it up when it comes in ?. ..... Where there's a will, there's a way.
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Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post

Apple doesn't really offer enough variety on their computers for many buyers to even care... especially when compared to Windows-based offerings.

What are you talking about? Windows machines generally have 3 configurations ... crap ... crappier ... and the always popular .... crappiest.
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post #24 of 31
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Originally Posted by Chris_CA View Post

No, there are only base 14 models to choose from.
You can customize these 14 models into the "millions" of configurations.

If there were "millions of configurations your can customise" (as posted by nkhm), there would be +++squillions of possible configurations.

What he said was: I actually believe there are over 100 million available configurations across the range ...

What you read was: "millions of configurations your can customise"

See the difference? I'm sure he'll accept your apology.
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post #25 of 31
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What he said was: I actually believe there are over 100 million available configurations across the range ...

No, that is not what he wrote at all (in his first post I responded to). Please follow the thread.
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What you read was: "millions of configurations your can customise"

I read (and wrote) that because it is exactly what nkhm wrote. That is why I "quoted" it.
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See the difference? I'm sure he'll accept your apology.

I'll bet he would but nothing I wrote was in error. And I will gladly accept your apology.

I understand you can end up with millions of customized models. But there are not "millions of configurations your can customise".
There are 14 models you can customize into millions of configurations.

Not a big deal to get worked up over.
post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by Chris_CA View Post

No, that is not what he wrote at all (in his first post I responded to). Please follow the thread.

I read (and wrote) that because it is exactly what nkhm wrote. That is why I "quoted" it.

I'll bet he would but nothing I wrote was in error. And I will gladly accept your apology.

I understand you can end up with millions of customized models. But there are not "millions of configurations your can customise".
There are 14 models you can customize into millions of configurations.

Not a big deal to get worked up over.

You're right and I apologize .... that's what happens when one reads the last half of a thread .... still, I think his meaning was clear, if his post was not .... like you say .... "Not a big deal to get worked up over". Have a good one ...
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post #27 of 31
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Originally Posted by Chris_CA View Post

No, that is not what he wrote at all (in his first post I responded to). Please follow the thread.

I read (and wrote) that because it is exactly what nkhm wrote. That is why I "quoted" it.

I'll bet he would but nothing I wrote was in error. And I will gladly accept your apology.

I understand you can end up with millions of customized models. But there are not "millions of configurations your can customise".
There are 14 models you can customize into millions of configurations.

Not a big deal to get worked up over.

I think you are being overly pedantic and critical, especially when you write things yourself like, "I understand you can end up with millions of customized models. ... There are 14 models you can customize into millions of configurations." So, are there millions of models or 14 models? Yours are at least as loose as the OP's constructions.
post #28 of 31
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Yours are at least as loose as the OP's constructions.

Okay.
post #29 of 31
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Originally Posted by bigdaddyp View Post

Large cheese grader that starts at 2 bazillion dollars.

Did I miss anything?

It doesn't grate on you to use terms like "cheese grader"? Of course it might help if you knew what a cheese grater actual is. Sort of puts all of your comments in perspective, now doesn't it!
post #30 of 31
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Originally Posted by bigdaddyp View Post

I do not see this as a big deal. The Macs that the store sells are pretty easy to classify and compare. They do not try and emulate the Dell shopping experience with hundreds of nearly identical models.

Lets take a look at we find at Apple.com.

Plastic note book.
Metal notebook.
Thin Metal Notebook.
Note book w/o a screen or battery.
Notebook with a really big screen but no battery.

Large cheese grader that starts at 2 bazillion dollars.

Did I miss anything?

Ok, so I am being a little sarcastic but it's not like there are dozens of models to compare.

It wasn't even an article, this was a shameless advertisement. Pathetic.
post #31 of 31
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Originally Posted by newbee View Post

Why can't you configure online, print it out, take it to an Apple retailer, order it and pick it up when it comes in ?. ..... Where there's a will, there's a way.

What he describes is how I wish most site to store options worked, if the store has it that day then I should be allowed to just go pick up their current stock.

If you print out a configuration and go to your local AppleStore they would be more than happy to fill that order for you, just make sure they have it in stock before you make the trip.
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