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17" MacBook Pro  (Source: Apple Insider)
Apple introduces a new 17" MacBook Pro during its final Macworld

During the opening keynote of the Apple Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Apple unveiled several new hardware and software technologies.  Despite Apple CEO Steve Jobs stepping aside to give keynote duties to Senior V.P. of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller, there was a certain level of anxiety as attendees were still unsure what to expect.

Apple kicked off the event by announcing a new 17" MacBook Pro, which was promoted as the "world's thinnest 17" notebook," as it's just 0.98 inches thick and weighs only 6.6 pounds.  The notebook promises 1920 x 1200 resolution and a new battery technology that is able to increase battery life to about eight hours during a single battery charge.  

The new MacBook Pro will have a Core 2 Duo processor -- 2.66 GHz -- 4GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB HDD, and NVIDIA GPUs, using a 9400M and 9600M GT.  In addition, it offers 3 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, express card, glass trackpad, and a mini display port.  

Apple believes the eight-hour battery is the most innovative new feature of the laptop, as it's the longest battery life ever for an Apple product, with the company able to increase battery life while keeping the size of the laptop small.

Pricing for the latest Apple laptop will start at $2,799.  Apple expects to begin shipping the laptop later this month.


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15" MacBook Pro Screen Resolution
By ebakke on 1/6/2009 5:41:27 PM , Rating: 3
Seriously Apple! How long will you go on updating your MacBook Pro line without including the option for a better screen on the 15" models? Cripes! I can buy a Dell with a 15.4" screen that sports 1920x1200, but the best Apple can give me is 1440x900. Weak.




RE: 15" MacBook Pro Screen Resolution
By Smilin on 1/6/09, Rating: -1
RE: 15" MacBook Pro Screen Resolution
By Gzus666 on 1/6/2009 5:50:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not really considering how close you would be to the screen.


By BZDTemp on 1/7/2009 4:09:41 AM , Rating: 2
And even if you weren't that close to the screen the high dpi (resolution versus physical size) makes for a good experience. I would love for a screen with that high a dpi to sit on my desktop only in a bigger physical format.

If it wasn't so damn expensive this would be my screen: http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/02/toshibas-22-inc...

Now imagine that in say 30" where the resolution would be even higher .-)


By kkwst2 on 1/6/2009 11:17:56 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for telling me what I want or need. Just because you have no use for it doesn't make it a waste. I'm typing this on a Thinkpad with said screen and can assure you it's not wasted. I use it for modeling and CFD post-processing while on the road and I just can't use one of the low resolution screens like on the 15" MBP.



By otispunkmeyer on 1/7/2009 4:34:01 AM , Rating: 2
agreed... i have a 15.4 mbp and for just casual stuff the 1440x900 is fine. but if i wanna get work done, especially on the move that x900 bit is awfully restrictive.

they should be offering at least 1680x1050 on the 15 incher now. only budget 15 inch laptops come with crummy 1280x800 these days


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