Confirmation of Fixed 17" MacBook Pro Battery, Mac Mini with Firewire

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AppleInsider confirms yesterday's report that the new 17" unibody MacBook Pro will arrive with a fixed non-removable internal battery.
    The rumor site also believes the Mac mini is also due with the NVIDIA chipset and will include a FireWire 800 port and an additional USB port.
    MacRumors had also heard that the 17" MacBook Pro will contain a non-removable battery, so we feel this information is well corroborated. In exchange for this, the new MacBook Pro's battery is said to be longer lasting. 9to5mac's Seth Weintraub it will last up to 50% longer and speculates Apple could be exploring the use of Silver-Zinc which we previously explored.

    MacRumors will post a Macworld San Francisco rumor roundup shortly.

    Article Link: Confirmation of Fixed 17" MacBook Pro Battery, Mac Mini with Firewire
  2. fabian9 macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    i know some people who will not like to see/hear/read this!
  3. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    So the Mac Mini will have FireWire 800. Awesome, I'm buying one.

    Dual video out links will be interesting.
  4. alexbates macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2008
    Georgia, USA
    Good, the 17-in needs an update. I hope its a lot thinner than the 1st Gen.

    When will Apple and other companies start using USB 3.0? When this is first used in future products, I will be getting one.
  5. sgibson macrumors regular


    Mar 24, 2008
    What if the "fixed battery" is something that hasn't been seen in a production laptop before, say a fuel cell? If that was a case they may need to keep it user inaccessible, but the ends would justify the means.

    Andy Ihnatko knows something and he says he's seen *no* rumours about it, could it be something this game changing?
  6. Spadeychops macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2009
    From a selvish point of view, where's the news on the new iMacs!!

    ...anything...please! :D
  7. brad.c macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2004
    50.813669°, -2.474796°
    Fixed? I hope so. It would be silly if only the broken ones were non-removable.
  8. matthewlesh macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2007
    Looks like my chances of getting a Mac Mini are going up.. but i'd first like to see the prices and updated specs before rushing.
  9. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    The mini is sounding quite tasty now.

    All that remains to be discovered is the pricing.
  10. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Hmm...FW 800, sounds good!

    Sadly only one of my external HDD has a FW 800 port, the other will go to USB 2.0...not ideal, but something I can deal with, since FW 800 is so much faster

    And dual display sounds great!(though a Mini DVI port doesn't have me sold, better ship with an adaptor)

    But This looks to be a nice update to the Mini, hopefully we see a 599 price point still
  11. rick3000 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2008
    West Coast
    The Mini sounds great, the 17" MBP will hopefully remedy the drawbacks of an internal battery with substantially longer battery life.
  12. robanga macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007
    Can't wait to buy a new mini for a media center.
  13. xDYLANx macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2008
    Oregon <3
    mac mini: cool

    MBP: don't really care, I don't see the appeal of having a notebook bigger than 13"
  14. Sirobin macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2008
    This non-removable battery is such a terrible idea. Apple, are you really saying you couldn't put in, oh I don't know, a removable Silver-zinc battery!?:confused:
  15. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
    Wow, just wait until this hits Engadget! Get your flame-suits on, Apple faithful.

    Pretty bone-headed move imo. Pros are exactly the people who need an extra battery pack in the field. Now, if they release a universal magsafe external battery pack, all is forgiven.
  16. alexbates macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2008
    Georgia, USA
    Good idea! Maybe sense its supposed to last longer it will have some other type of battery besides Lithium Ion.

    I'm sure the battery will be accessible. I actually just opened one of my old iPods to replace the battery. Its not too hard. What Apple is trying to do is make it harder for people to open so they can charge a lot to replace them. One bad thing about this is if you are on an airplane, you cant just switch out your battery. Because of this, companies will probably start making external MacBook batteries (just like iPods).

    I wonder if Apple will use the liquid cooling system that was rumored?
  17. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    seems apple is spreading random rumors to throw off all the rumor sites.

    two display interfaces, non removable battery and FW800 in the mini. i believe it when i see it.:)
  18. derryquinn macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2007

    I was hoping for n Air-like 17" pro model to compliment the normal one.

    That would be sweet

    Or even a 15 inch model
  19. spazattack674 macrumors regular

    May 17, 2006
    Now that's an idea.

    I don't really see how portable a 17" notebook is. It seems more like something someone would use in Starbucks, or somewhere else where there is an easily accessible power outlet. So, I don't think the non-removable battery will be that horrible. Different? yes. But, Apple has always been, and continues to be, a company that tries new things that are unorthodox.
  20. rick3000 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2008
    West Coast
    Maybe this is Phil's way of getting the hype up for his keynote, since it may not have the same "boom" as a Stevenote.
  21. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Great news!
    Fixed battery for better life and presumably giving Apple more chance of making the 17" even thinner! :cool:
    About the not being able to replace your own battery.... come on. If you have an issue with your battery just drop it @ your local Apple Store or dealer, they replace it in a few minutes.
    If this decision gives you 50% more life, you'll love a fixed battery!

    Mac mini with FireWire 800! :)
    I'm ordering one...

    Can't wait!
  22. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    Thinner does not mean better. -100 for non-removable battery. Looks like I'm not buying an Apple portable in the future. :mad:
  23. drexel99 macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2004
    Annapolis, MD
    I don't think its a big deal at all. It may piss off some of the third party resellers but thats about it. I don't really take my battery out now. If having a fixed battery impacts battery life then i'm all for a fixed battery. I'm not sure this is the reason though, more likely a business move on apples part.
  24. brad.c macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2004
    50.813669°, -2.474796°
    Cool indeed. I love that they aren't abandoning FW and DVI technologies on desktops just yet. I'm assuming we'll get dual monitor capabilities as well.

    Try working from your deck chair. It's nice to have a workable screen without space compromise, if your work demands it.
  25. djpruitt macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2009
    Just north of Atlanta, GA
    MBP 17 - Any hopes of still offering matte screen

    No intent here to stir up the never ending debate of glossy vs. matte. Just wondering if there have been any new updates on whether or not matte screen will still be an option or does the new unibody mean they will definitely go to the new glossy only screen?

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