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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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Too expensive
By suryad on 1/6/2009 11:48:32 PM , Rating: 2
Is it just me or do others think the price is quite expensive for what you are getting? I think the machine at that price should have the max amount of RAM and the antiglare screen and the 2.93 ghz processor included in it and not to mention a 3 year warranty.

RE: Too expensive
By otispunkmeyer on 1/7/2009 4:39:22 AM , Rating: 2
i dont think the anti-glare screen is gonna happen just because of the way the thing is made... that piece of glass (if it is glass) spans the whole lid, the screen is behind it. i cant see a matte one of those coming. you'd have to try matte like a section of glass, and do it cock-on square for it too look right. probably too much hassle for what used to be an free choice feature because you'd probably have to pay extra for matte.

not sure on the faster CPU, id rather it be slower than faster and getting too hot when you hammer it. these things are wonderfully thin but that does play a bit of havoc with cooling at times.

no excuse on the ram though, u are right....i dont think there is any excuse not to pack top end products will all the ram they can take, ram is so cheap these days

RE: Too expensive
By andreschmidt on 1/7/2009 8:14:43 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously, SO-DIMM DDR3 modules are NOT cheap. Especially not 4GB modules.

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