Nov 20 2006
So, after months of prevaricating, I finally bit the bullet and ordered myself a shiny new MacBook Pro direct from Apple.
I was a little put out at their stated delivery dates on the Apple store: After choosing my system configuration (the stock base-model with an upgrade to a 160Gb hard disc. Not that I’m expacting to use that much space, but the 160Gb variant is rumored to use Perpendicular Magnetic Recording – a fact that a call to Apple’s technical support line all but confirmed
One to note for the staunch environmentalists out there – Apple machines are shipped (individually) straight from Shanghai, rather than from anywhere in the UK. Although you don’t get your educational discount, perhaps the free extended warranty and greener credentials offered by John Lewis look a lot more attractive…
When the shipment did finally arrive, the outer box had a hole punched through it… but luckily Apple’s packaging is good enough that the display box within was completely unmarked. Removing the actual display box from the cardboard shipping container shows just how well designed even Apple’s packing materials are… even though the box is quite large in two dimensions, it’s almost impossibly thin. Inside, everything’s neatly laid-out, and lifting the actual laptop from the polystyrene padding (which is in itself beautifully scuplted into an interlocking series of circles) reveals a monolith-like black surface, with “Designed by Apple in California” emblazoned across it. Neat touch.