Apple shows off new 17in MacBook Pro

It wasn't quite the iPhone Nano bonanza we were hoping for but Apple today showed off its new flagship laptop – the 17in MacBook Pro, complete w

It wasn't quite the iPhone Nano bonanza we were hoping for but Apple today showed off its new flagship laptop – the 17in MacBook Pro, complete with a claimed 8 hour battery life.

Sporting the smart aluminium unibody looks of its fellow MacBooks, the new Pro rocks a 1920x1200 LED backlit-display, a 2.66Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB RAM and a 320GB hard-drive.

There's still no Blu-ray drive, but Apple is claiming to have created that monstrous battery life thanks to some 'advanced chemistry' – though we reckon you'll need to keep the screen brightness down and Wi-Fi off to get anywhere near that.

Connectivity is the same as previous MacBook Pros – USB, FireWire 800, Mini DisplayPort and MagSafe – and there's the usual glass trackpad.

Elsewhere, Apple went big on updating its iLife '09 software bundle. Available from the end of January it features new versions of iPhoto (which you can now navigate by face using 'Faces'), iMovie (complete with some impressive image stabilisation and animated maps) and GarageBand, which now helps teach you instruments and download lessons from likes of Sting.

For more on these not-exactly-brain-melting updates, check out our live blog.

Essentials

Apple MacBook Pro 17in

Price: £TBA ($2799 in US)

On sale: end of January

Contact: Apple