Apple releases 17in MacBook

Apple’s latest addition to the Intel-powered Mac range has appeared online, without the usual fanfare. The 17in version of the MacBook Pro is very sim

Apple’s latest addition to the Intel-powered Mac range has appeared online, without the usual fanfare.

The 17in version of the MacBook Pro is very similar to the top-specced 15in model, supplementing a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor with a vast widescreen display that should keep graphics professionals happy.

The new machine’s display has a resolution of 1680x1050 pixels and, according to the specs, an extra key on its keyboard. We’re still trying to work out what it’s for.

Despite the large screen size, the new MacBook is still only an inch thick. It’s heavy though, weighing in at a back-breaking 3.1kg. Still, that’s not quite as bad as 1989’s original Mac Portable, which weighed 7.25Kg.

The new 17in MacBook has a battery life of ‘up to 5.5 hours’, according to Apple. We’d guess that was more like 3 to  3.5 hours in a real-life situation – but that’s not bad considering the size and brightness of the screen.

You’ll also get a whopping 1GB of RAM and every flavour of wireless built in to the new machine. Like the top 15in MacBook, it features an ATI Mobility Radeon X1200 with 256MB of dedicated video RAM.

The 17in machine costs £2000 from the Apple Store. And we’re guessing it’ll run Windows very quickly, should you want to try Apple’s Boot Camp software.

Nonetheless, here at Stuff we’re still awaiting the arrival of a 12in MacBook Pro, which we’re praying will be in a Vaio-style razor-thin form factor.

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