Macworld: Apple Unveils New 17" MacBook Pro
January 6, 2009 1:43 PM
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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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RE: Small Size
1/7/2009 3:55:09 AM
Maybe it is because 16:9 is rubbish for anything but watching TV!
Fx. I'll take a 30" at 2560x1600 over 24" at 1920x1200 any day due to the increased vertical resolution (and turning the two 24" 90 degrees is not an option then you get an obstruction at 1200 horizontal which is crap for anything graphical).
As for the battery not being replaceable they are able to make more effective use of battery space when it doesn't need to be a module. They claim the battery is real smart and will work well for three times longer* than usual so it should be less of a problem than usual.
*That's longer as in more charges and discharges.
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