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Apple Unveils 17″ Unibody Macbook Pro

After some initial delays, Apple has finally unveiled the unibody 17″ Macbook Pro. The new notebook comes with some major internal changes, such as a non-user replaceable battery.

In keeping with their solid track record, 9to5mac accurately predicted a few changes that the new notebook would see. For one, a non-user replaceable battery has been developed by Apple and integrated into the new Macbook Pro, which will allegedly allow for nearly 8 hours of solid battery life, and allow 1,000 charges making for a nearly 5 year lifespan.

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Apple’s Press Release: Apple® today unveiled the new 17-inch MacBook® Pro featuring a durable and beautiful precision aluminum unibody enclosure, and a revolutionary new built-in battery that delivers up to eight hours of use and up to 1,000 recharges for more than three times the lifespan of conventional notebook batteries. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro has a high resolution LED-backlit display and the same large glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad introduced with the new MacBook family in October. In addition, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro includes state of the art NVIDIA graphics and the latest generation Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors. As part of the industry’s greenest notebook family, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro is made of highly recyclable materials, meets stringent energy efficiency standards and is made without many of the harmful toxins found in other computers.

“We’ve developed new battery technology that is better for the user and better for the environment,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Apple’s advanced chemistry and innovative technology deliver up to eight hours of use on a full charge cycle and up to 1,000 recharges.”

Apple uses advanced chemistry, intelligent monitoring of the system and battery, and Adaptive Charging technology to create a revolutionary new notebook battery that delivers up to eight hours of wireless productivity on a single charge and up to 1,000 recharges without adding thickness, weight or cost to the MacBook Pro’s incredible design.* The longer battery lifespan equals fewer depleted batteries and less waste, which is better for the environment.

Apple has also introduced a $50 non-glare option for potential 17″ Macbook Pro owners. Those that may have been turned off by the highly reflective, glossy screen, will now have an option to reduce the reflectiveness. The only difference is the black bezel around the display which has to be removed when opting for the non-glossy option, thus resulting in a more Macbook-Air-ish aesthetic around the display.

Specs are as follows:
• 17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200, glossy display;
• 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache;
• 1066 MHz front-side bus;
• 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM;
• NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
• NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3 video memory;
• 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
• a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
• Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
• built-in AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
• Gigabit Ethernet port;
• built-in iSight video camera;
• three USB 2.0 ports;
• one FireWire® 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
• ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
• one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
• glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
• built-in, 95WHr lithium polymer battery; and
• 85 Watt MagSafe® Power Adapter.

“Build-to-order options for the 17-inch MacBook Pro include a 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 8GB 1066 MHz DDR 3 memory, 320GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, anti-glare display for $50 (US), Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.”

The new 17″ Macbook Pro will be shipping at the end of January and be available at the Online Apple Store.

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6 Comments to “Apple Unveils 17″ Unibody Macbook Pro”

Tawfik @ September 12th, 2014 at 2:54 am
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Wow – my MacBook pro only shows the main keyboard – cool senieg the extended picture. I held the option key down intentionally to show the second key assignments differing between British and U.S. I think the OP has the info needed either way :-) Jul 18 ‘11 at 23:22


during office @ October 4th, 2014 at 12:56 am
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This shows real expertise. Thanks for the answer.


Justin @ February 18th, 2015 at 11:15 am
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bikhial roya! nashnide budam kasi baryae omre battery laptop bekhare. karaye behtar mitunesti bokoni. be har hal khosh bashi. bare man doa kon betunam tasmim begiram chi begiram laptop. kheili sakhtame. ehsas mikonam vaio kheilii aali bude va alan entezaratam kheilii balast va harchi begiram pashimun misham:)


Nyoman @ March 27th, 2015 at 11:55 am
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A macbook would be usfuel if you were majoring in something like film where you could use it for editing, but you probably wouldn’t need it for a business major. Don’t buy your computer now, although you can certainly do your research now. Many colleges offer substantial discounts on computers to their entering freshmen, so it makes sense to buy your computer through the school.


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