So do you think the 17" MacBook Pro be phased out?

Smiller4128

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Seems to only be rumors of a 13" and 15" Macbook Pro and nothing being mentioned of a 17" refresh...I realize its not WWDC yet but just wondering what everyone else thinks?
 

Razzz

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hope not, i like hearing people whine about the 13 inch cause i couldn't care less about that model
 
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w00t951

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If anything, I think it's the 13" Pro that will be killed off. It has almost no difference from the 13" Air, and Apple has been pushing the Air branding a lot. Judging from Apple's past maneuvers, the company hates redundant products, and that's exactly what the 13" Pro is. It's a computer that's not as portable as a MacBook Air 13", but not as fast as a 15" MacBook Pro. It's only logical that they kill off this machine.
 
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rpmor

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i dont know how its been in the past but unless they phase things out. whatever the redesign is for the 15inch will be will merely be applied to the 17inch as well theoretically speaking.
 
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Doc750

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Once I pull out my 17" MBP at Starbucks, this chick said "woah thats a nice iMac"
 
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pgiguere1

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For both past designs of the MacBook Pro, the 17" model was introduced later.

The non-unibody 17" MacBook Pro was introduced in April 2006, 3 months after they announced the 15" model.

The unibody 17" MacBook Pro was introduced in January 2009, also 3 months after they announced the 15" model.

So even if there's no new 17" MBP introduced at WWDC, chances are that it could be announced a couple of months later.
 
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OneMike

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I hope not. The 17-inch MBP is my fav mac.

I think it's popular. More for professionals though, if nothing else due to price. Same as with the Mac Pro. Many would love to have, but due to price can't justify it or afford in some cases.


I've switched countless people to Mac and it's usually the same thing.

Show them Apple website. They see say they want a big laptop. Look at 15-inch/17-inch MBP and :eek: @ price compared to a PC.

If there were a lower spec 17-inch for casuals users that'd help as well.
 
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maflynn

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If apple is not making money on it then yeah.

The issue is that with the 13" and 15" laptops you can hook them up to a larger display their by blunting the 17" biggest feature. True that ties the laptop to the desk, but still when you're not traveling the smaller laptops can be used with a monitor.
 
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pgiguere1

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read this carefully, not sure how true it is or if it has already been posted elsewhere.

says there will be a new macbook in the 13,15 inch guise sitting between the pro and air

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...ed_to_retire_17_inch_macbook_pro_in_2012.html
That's not a any special information, just guesses from an analyst.

He also has no credibility in my opinion as he states that the new MacBook Pros will only last one year and be discontinued in favor of a new "MacBook".

Obviously it would be stupid for Apple to invest that much money to make a new design (manufacturing process changes, engineering of the inside and outside, tests to ensure usability and performance, etc.) and stop producing it one year later. Mac designs usually last 3-4 years for a reason. Also, no way there will be 3 13" laptops and 2 15" Mac laptops at the same time.
 
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Stetrain

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I think they might keep the current 17" for a while, like they did when the unibody Macbook Pro was first released.
 
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Astroboy907

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I love my 17 inches
... Joke fail :)

But I do hope Apple keeps the 17" MBP. I have never bought a brand new mac, and have been saving up for my dream model. Which just happens to be a 17" macbook pro, maxed out. I dont mind the weight or size, I just want something huge and powerful.
 
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Krazy Bill

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I hope not. The 17-inch MBP is my fav mac.

I think it's popular.
Less the 2% of total laptop sales seems to contradict this. If true, it would be fiscally irresponsible for Apple to keep it in production so I think it will die.
 
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rdowty

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I hope not. I'm a long time 15" user that recently moved to a 17". I think I'd really like a thin laptop with a large screen and would love to see it updated with a retina display.
 
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bniu

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For both past designs of the MacBook Pro, the 17" model was introduced later.

The non-unibody 17" MacBook Pro was introduced in April 2006, 3 months after they announced the 15" model.

The unibody 17" MacBook Pro was introduced in January 2009, also 3 months after they announced the 15" model.

So even if there's no new 17" MBP introduced at WWDC, chances are that it could be announced a couple of months later.
The 17" also has very low R/D costs because it's pretty much identical to the 15" spec wise. Apple has to manage heat when considering what to put in the 15" and whatever they get to work in the 15", it's easy as pie to move it over to the 17", because the 17" would have more heat dissipation capacity. I think of all the 17" MBPs that Apple's made, almost all are derivatives of the mid or high end 15". The 15" is a core model, as in it has to be built from the ground up but for the 17", it's an easy derivative. It's logical that a 15" comes first, and after that succeeds, it's not a lot of effort to make a 17".
 
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theSeb

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If anything, I think it's the 13" Pro that will be killed off. It has almost no difference from the 13" Air, and Apple has been pushing the Air branding a lot. Judging from Apple's past maneuvers, the company hates redundant products, and that's exactly what the 13" Pro is. It's a computer that's not as portable as a MacBook Air 13", but not as fast as a 15" MacBook Pro. It's only logical that they kill off this machine.
It's a "redundant" product that sells the most out of all Mac computers. The likelihood of it being discontinued seems very small to me.
 
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ixodes

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It's the passing of an era.

I'm glad that I just bought a new one about six months ago.

The parties over now, and I'm so happy I'm set for some time.
 
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