Today at MacWorld Phil Schiller introduced a brand-new 17” MacBook Pro. The new MacBook shares the revolutionary aluminum unibody construction offered on the MacBook and 15” MacBook Pro. Other specs:

  • .98 inches thin
  • 6.6 pounds
  • The world’s lightest and thinnest 17-inch notebook
  • Features an LED backlit display, with 1920×1200 resolution. 700:1 contrast ratio, and 60% greater color gamut than the previous 17-inch display.
  • Apple says “This is the best display we’ve ever shipped in a notebook.”
  • 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Dual Core
  • 6MB L2 Cache
  • Up to 8GB memory at 1066 MHz DDR3.
  • Glass trackpad with four-finger gestures and multi-button support.
  • 320GB hard drive
  • Three USB ports
  • Mini DisplayPort for connecting to Apple’s new 24” LED display
  • Firewire 800 (no 400!)
  • Digital audio in/out
  • ExpressCard slot.
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Magsafe power adapter (duh)
  • Built-in, non user-replaceable battery. This is an adaptive “smart battery” with built-in chips to maintain maximum charge and lifespan
  • The battery can last up to eight hours, is good for about five years, and can be charged 1000 times. It is also fully recyclable.
  • Battery life varies depanding on graphics card used. With the 9600GT, battery life if seven hours. It is up to eight hours with the 9400M integrated graphics.
  • All told, this is three hours longer than the previous 17-inch MacBook Pro, equalling a 60% increase in battery life.
  • Also, for the first time with the new unibody MacBooks, Apple is offering an anti-glare option. It costs $50 more than the glossy display because the bezel has to be removed after its already assembled.
  • $2799.99

Note: More on the new 17” MacBook Pro as details are released!

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