Macworld 2009 : New unibody, internal battery for 17-inch MacBook Pro

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MACWORLD 2009 : Apple’s one last thing was not, unfortunately, the Mac Mini; but it was an update to the 17-inch MacBook Pro, including having the new “unibody” look which the other MacBooks and MacBook Pros had since late 2008.

The new revision of the 17-inch will also see a non-removable battery, called the “Maxi Battery” – which they claim to perform up to 8 hours when using the 9400M integrated graphics.

The display can hold a resolution up to 1920 x 1200, and has 78 percent more pixels than the 15-inch; and 60 percent more than a normal laptop. The configuration will see the 17-inch having 4GB of memory, 320GB hard drive and an 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. But that’s just the base – since you can upgrade it with a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive, upgrade the RAM up to 8GB or have the processor bumped up to 2.93GHz.

Along with it, it will have 1 FireWire 800, Three USB ports, Mini DisplayPort and the usual other ports on the MacBook Pro. It will also feature two graphics cards – both from NVIDIA; the 9400M for integrated graphics, and the 9600M GT for discrete graphics and higher performance

What’s notable is that it is only 0.98 inches thick (2.50 if want to know what it is in metric), and it only weighs 6.6 pounds (or 2.99kg) – making it the world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch notebook out there. It should be noted that adding additional parts may make it weigh a little bit more.

It is also have an EPEAT Gold status, meaning that it is environmentally friendly, and it is also mercury-free and arsenic-free; and also has met the strict Energy Star 4.0 requirements.

It is expected to come out at the end of January, but it will set you back. The pricing is $4,499.00 if you live in Australia; or in America, it will be $2,799.

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