Apple kills 17-inch MacBook Pro

More than nine years after it created the first one, Apple has unceremoniously removed its 17-inch laptop from its line-up, announcing only 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros and the new MacBook Pro with Retina display at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2012.

Apple has no more love for the 17-inch laptop.
(Screenshot by Joshua Goldman/CNET)

And it's likely that no one will ever miss it.

Apple was the first manufacturer to add a 17-inch laptop to its line-up in 2003 — the largest screen available from any vendor at the time — and has had one ever since. But with the new widescreen, ultra high-resolution Retina display, those extra couple inches might be irrelevant.

After all, mobility is key now, not screen size. It used to be that you needed a larger laptop to get performance good enough to replace a desktop, but that's no longer the case — just look at Apple's tagline above the new models.

A 15-inch screen is plenty for most purposes when you're travelling, and, when you're not, you can connect into an external display. And really, look at how much people can get done on the 9.7-inch iPad screen and 3.5-inch iPhone screen.

What do you think? Is there still a need for a 17-inch MacBook? Do you think it'll make a return when Apple can offer a more affordable 17-inch Retina version?

Via CNET



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Chris JB posted a comment   

I can't believe it. So disappointing. I need portability AND screen-size. I need to fit a lot of stuff on screen (not microscopically) and also be able to take it on a plane. I can't go to PC as it won't run the music software I use. What a let down.

 

jack8jack8 posted a comment   
United Kingdom

I will probably not purchase another macbook pro if apple don't produce a new 17" model. I've had every generation of macbook pros in 17", it would be a shame stop now.

 

pro17inchmacbook posted a comment   
United Kingdom

No one will miss it? https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4030764?start=0

 

AB___C posted a comment   
Australia

They should continue sellng it, even if they only use Sandy Bridge processors.

 

michaelgriffith posted a comment   
Australia

I definitely think Apple ought to create a new 17" macbook pro with Retina display. I am an academic who does loads of on-screen marking and I love and need the screen real estate that the 17" adds to my large apple monitor. I have tried the new 15" Retina display and while it is beautiful it simply does not provide enough screen space. I would love to add my name to a growing list of those demanding a 17" retina macbook pro 1TB SSD drive and 16/32 RAM.....
Michael Griffith- University in Sydney Australia

 

LukeL2 posted a comment   
China

Without 17", it is no longer a "pro".

 

YangL posted a comment   

yes as I designer I need 17 and currently own one. At the time when I need new laptop, I won't continue to purchase MBP if there isn't a 17 model available.

 

USchepenamifai posted a comment   
Australia

Should anyone believe that "Mobility is the key" or should we think that profit as usual is the key?

If you are trying to follow the logic of the reason behind the questionable decision not to commercialize the 17 inches laptop, you wont find it ...there isn't.

The fact is that the 17 inches was the right size for the customers and especially designers. Yes, of course we know that we can connect it to a wider monitor but that why we have bought the 17 inches in the first place so that we did not have to go through the hassle of connecting and disconnecting; that why the laptop is useful.

Should a Web Designer visit his Client and say let me connect my laptop to a big screen for my presentation?

Should we say, dear client how come you cannot enjoy the formidable screen resolution of my new 15 inches?

...and just when I was ready to switch to a Mac ...I will choose once a gain a PC Laptop.

 

USchepenamifai posted a comment   
Australia

Should anyone believe that "Mobility is the key" or should we think that profit as usual is the key?

If we follow the logic of the reason behind the questionable decision not to commercialize the 17 inches laptop ...there should be no reason to have a 15 inches as well as the 13 should do the job that once the 15 used to do.

The fact is that the 17 inches was the right size for the customers and especially designers. Yes, of course we know that we can connect it to a wider monitor but that why we have bought the 17 inches in the first place so that we did not have to go through the hassle of connecting and disconnecting; that why the laptop is useful.

Should a Web Designer visit his Client and say let me connect my laptop to a big screen for my presentation?

Is it because of a big loss of profit of the unsold very expansive external large screens?

...I don't know but I don't buy it either.

 

jCurve posted a comment   
Australia

i've made the decision to switch back to PC. I love my MBP 17" and have had one since the 1st Powerbook was released. The specs for the 15.4 retina are good but if i'm going to spend that much on a laptop, it might as well be one that does what I need it do do and apparently that's no longer a Macbook Pro. the amount of peripherals i'd have to carry would be ridiculous. Not to mention the added cost of buying them. I'll roll the rest of my office Macs back over to bootcamp until they need an upgrade and then switch them out for PC's sure the windows environment can be a pain in the bum but there are worse things in this world. damn shame, i'd been holding off for ages on this update. it's like a shot through the heart. People keep saying 'yeah but the screen size doesn't matter because you have more pixels anyway and it's portability that counts bla bla bla" but trying to run a comprehensive app that requires multiple windows on a 15 inch screen is just stupid and will send people blind. So long Apple


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