Apple refreshes 17-inch MacBook Pro

By on January 6, 2009, 3:43 PM
As expected Apple's marketing executive Philip Schiller took the stage today in San Francisco to introduce, among other things, a revamped 17-inch MacBook Pro sporting the new unibody structure and aesthetic that the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook gained a few months ago. It also received a slightly faster Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.66GHz and dual Nvidia GPUs.


The biggest change is the battery, which Apples says will run up to 7 hours while using discrete graphics and a whopping 8 hours while using integrated graphics. On the downside, though, to fit the larger battery in the system Apple has made it non-removable. This may turn off some potential buyers who would need to send their laptop back to Apple for a $179 replacement although Apple estimates the battery will last five years under normal use.

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro will continue to sell starting at $2,799 and should begin shipping by the end of this month.




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Badfinger said:
Non-removable battery?That was a very very bad move especially for an overpriced laptop.up to 7 for enhanced gfx, all of 1 more for integral? Laughable!
ratticon said:
I guess they had to find a way of hurting people less when the battery explodes ;-)
gamerguy53 said:
$2,800? recession much?
yukka said:
Interesting to see how the battery thing goes. Maybe they will sell an external battery for people that require more than 8 hours charge in one go. maybe it will cost a shedload too
ratticon said:
[b]Originally posted by yukka:[/b][quote]Interesting to see how the battery thing goes. Maybe they will sell an external battery for people that require more than 8 hours charge in one go. maybe it will cost a shedload too [/quote]Damn good point, I didn't think of that. I know a few people that carry spares with them.*sigh*We'll see! Maybe Apple will invent a perpetual energy drive that 'just works'?
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