Ssssh. Apple quietly mashes monster MacBook Pro
So farewell, then, the 17in MacBook Pro. Your demise was forecast back in April by market watcher Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI, a stockbroker, and sure enough you're no longer listed among Apple's selection of laptops.
The pricey - two grand plus - bulky machine was popular with content creators looking for a large-screen - it had a 1920 x 1200 resolution - yet mobile workhorse.
Presumably, Apple hopes they'll upgrade to its £1800 2880 x 1800 15in MacBook Pro, or a lesser laptop Thunderbolt-connected to one of its big monitors.
The 17in beast was last updated, to Intel's Sandy Bridge platform, in October 2011. ®
Upwards of £1,800 is a hell of a lot of money to pay just to take up two seats and a table in Starbucks trying to look cool and staring at passing women for 3 hours while consuming one solitary coffee or whatever they call them these days.
I knew this was going to happen
I've owned the 17" laptop since they came out. All of them (even my original G4) drove my 30" monitor without issue and I use it as my main machine. The extra real-estate is excellent and I will be missing the 17" when I replace my current one. Regardless of the bias on this site, the MBP's quality really is worth the price, IMO. You do get what you pay for and when you make your living working in front of a machine all day, some things are more important than price.
Re: Complete and utter madness.
3k x 2k on a 15inch screen ?
I'll need to see it in person to make a judgement on that, but can you even see that reolution at 50cms ?
Of course, you can enlarge your font sizes, and get back to the equiv amount of vertical letters you would get on a 1200pixel hgh screen ?
Anyway, Im withholding my judgement until I've seen the actual thing, but that resolution on such a small screen sounds a bit riodiculous.
Re: Terrible news
SuperDrive for ripping movies? Not sure how "professional user" that is.. but did you know you can plug in ANY cheap-o USB DVD right in?
And whats' with the "effective 900 pixel height? You get 1800 vertical pixels directly addressable, there's nothing in the way reducing that in half...
Thunderbolt to FW800 adapter is also coming too, it was mentioned in the keynote.
Complete and utter madness.
For a laptop yes. For a laptop with 3k X 2k display you literally cannot get from anyone else... not sure. As a specialist laptop that price is fine and surely the Pro should be a specialist device.
It does seem daft to have such a lovely laptop with such a huge resolution and then shrink the screen.