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Old Jun 11, 2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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Apple Quietly Discontinues MacBook Pro 17"







Apple appears to have quietly discontinued the 17" MacBook Pro today amid the flurry of updates and announcements at WWDC today. Apple's newly updated MacBook Pro product page mentions the new Retina Display-equipped 15" Pro, as well as the new 13" and 15" Pro's, but is silent on the 17".

The 17" PowerBook G4 was first released in January of 2003 and has received a number of updates over the years, including transitions to the Intel-equipped 17" MacBook Pro and receiving an update to the current unibody construction as well. Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in April that the 17" MacBook Pro would soon be discontinued due to weak sales.

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Old Jun 11, 2012, 02:18 PM   #2
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This seems to make sense to me. The positive point of the 17" was the higher resolution display. Now the 15.4 Retina MBP blows it out of the water; thus the right move. I never wanted a 17" because it was just too big; but I WANT this new 15 inch.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 02:18 PM   #4
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They made up less than 1% of the laptop sales for Apple. They won't be missed.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 02:18 PM   #5
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its understandable, most people I know bought the 13'' and 15'' models, I don't think I knew anyone apart from my old college which actually owned a 17'' MBP. The retina MBP has more than enough resolution anyways

I used a 17'' of the old style (PowerBook looking) MBP's for a couple of days and although it was awesome on a desk it was rather clunky, heavy and awkward when moving around. I can imagine it being a pain to use as well on stuff like aircraft tray tables and what not lol.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 02:19 PM   #7
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Totally makes sense from a sales perspective, but sucks for the pros who used the 17" MBP as a primary workhorse.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 02:19 PM   #8
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 02:19 PM   #9
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Not surprising. And I don't think too many people will miss it now with the new 15" Retina MBP.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 02:20 PM   #10
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bah.
I'm usually the guy who opposes the "Apple-is-abandoning-pros" talk.

But the 17" provides vital screen real estate for video and audio editing away from your normal desk locations. I don't want to carry a second monitor around for that.

At least the new powerful MBPs can handle an external monitor if I go that way...
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Totally makes sense from a sales perspective, but sucks for the pros who used the 17" MBP as a primary workhorse.
For on the go, the 17" was just too big. On the desktop, plug in an external display and kick butt. I think that's the key here. This has more resolution than most external displays and thus on the go isn't lack luster at all.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 02:24 PM   #12
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bah.
I'm usually the guy who opposes the "Apple-is-abandoning-pros" talk.

But the 17" provides vital screen real estate for video and audio editing away from your normal desk locations. I don't want to carry a second monitor around for that.

At least the new powerful MBPs can handle an external monitor if I go that way...
But who other than a few high end videographers and hipster kids with rich parents, who think they are a pro photographers because they can make a photo black and white in iPhoto actually bought them? It was a very niche market, due to the high cost.

Clearly I'm kidding but you get the point. Pretty obvious a certain minority have no sense of humour on here.

The 15'' retina appears way more powerful size is about perfect for a laptop. Not too big or too small, I know you lose the express card slot though

Although back in 2003 I'd have been laughing if someone said to me 9 years from now Apple are gonna drop the 17'' model from their lineup and focus on 13'' and 15'' models from now on as i'd have thought they'd have focused on going slightly larger like 19'' heck even 20'' it was 2003 lol
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What's weird is that they didn't say a word about removing the 17" from their line up.

I guess they were too embarrassed to say an Apple product didn't sell as much as they hoped and so they are discontinuing it. But, atleast they should've said something.
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But the 17" provides vital screen real estate for video and audio editing away from your normal desk locations. I don't want to carry a second monitor around for that.
That space is based on the resolution of the display, not on the size of the screen. The new 15" will give MORE screen real estate than the old 17".
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I disagree with most of you saying too big or too expensive or whatever.

I LOVE MINE. The matte screen option makes it a portable media center. Yeah-it's heavy. But not more so than many Windows machines.

And when I am traveling and want to watch a movie in the hotel, it almost always provides better picture and lower cost (DVDs brought with or Netflix streaming) than any pay per view at the hotel.

A great unit-it will be missed, at least by me
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 02:26 PM   #16
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They quietly upgraded it. Look at the apple store.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 02:26 PM   #17
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Poor 17". I love mine.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 02:30 PM   #18
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bah.
the 17" provides vital screen real estate for video and audio editing away from your normal desk locations. I don't want to carry a second monitor around for that.

I take it back....I'll just us the newest iPad as a secondary high-rez monitor!

voila...
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For on the go, the 17" was just too big. On the desktop, plug in an external display and kick butt. I think that's the key here. This has more resolution than most external displays and thus on the go isn't lack luster at all.
I usually carry TWO 17" MacBookPros and a bag full of adapters, two external hard drives and a bunch of other stuff in a rolling computer bag. I heave that thing into the overhead bin on the airplane and I'm a 47 year old woman. I'm going to miss having that real estate to create/edit/present motion graphics but I'll go to the Apple store and see how tiny pallets need to get for me to use After Effects and Motion on a 15" retina display.
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That space is based on the resolution of the display, not on the size of the screen. The new 15" will give MORE screen real estate than the old 17".
No.

You misunderstand. Squinting at a 15" display is not the same. It's the meat, not the motion.

But whatever. I'll hook up a new hd iPad as a 2nd display.
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That space is based on the resolution of the display, not on the size of the screen. The new 15" will give MORE screen real estate than the old 17".
But how tiny will the text in all the After Effects pallets be to get them on the screen the same way as a 17"? THAT I would have to see, or not see as it might be.
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Been looking to get a 17", and I guess now is the time. Hopefully I can grab one at a discount price somewhere.
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They quietly upgraded it. Look at the apple store.
Upgrade is really pushing it. Mac Pro joins iPod classic in surviving the lineup just because it fills needs not served by other Macs and because it makes enough money to justify keeping it.

As for 17", although those few that needed a bit of extra real estate space, as well as ExpressCard would like to protest, they were obviously not enough to justify being in the lineup.
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I used my 17" as a desktop replacement. I mainly went for it because of the resolution which probably won't be the problem with the new retina Pro. Still, the size was nice
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Apple, you really need to show the PRO some love and give it an update!!!
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