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17″ Macbook Pro Getting Non-Replacable Battery, Going Unibody at Macworld?

9to5mac claims to have sources who are familiar with Apple’s upcoming design decisions with the unreleased 17″ Macbook Pro. Some interesting tidbits of information are swirling specifically around the battery.

As we explain in our Macworld Rumor Roundup, the 17″ Macbook Pro was not released during Apple’s notebook media event in mid-October. There has been some speculation regarding quad-core possibilities in the upcoming Macbook Pro, and as for adopting the unibody enclosure, that has all but been confirmed by Apple.

“Our folks in Asia are at it again with some pretty startling news. The 17 inch MacBook Pro is going Unibody like the 13 inch and 15 inch models. That, in itself isn’t really that big a deal, it was expected really. The news is that Apple is making a super slim battery pack for the 17 inch MacBook Pros that will last much longer than current models. Additionally, you won’t be able to remove said battery pack. It will be inside the machine, just like iPods and iPhones. Removal will not be able to be done by most users,” Seth Weintraub explains.

Unless Apple has a clear objective in place with a non user replaceable battery, expect serious backlash from consumers. Just like Apple dropped firewire, radical decisions which seem against the grain come with Apple’s territory. The fine line of form over function tends to be one Apple likes to play with. Weintraub goes onto explain that these are expected to be unveiled at Macworld. Interestingly, the white plastic Macbook is also believed to be getting discontinued, which may drop the price of the entry level aluminum Macbook to $1,000.

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