suggested that both a new Mac Mini and a 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro laptop were in the offing from Apple Tuesday on the hardware front.
It seems that the moldy old
Along with the new chassis, an improved display, and a glass trackpad (all things we've seen before), Apple has brought a few other changes to its highest-end laptop:
Glossy and matte display options
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro came with a glossy screen that many people found too reflective. Apple will now offer a $50 matte finish option for the 17-inch MacBook Pro, for those who'd rather do without all of that extra light. We're happy about this option, and we expect that many others will be as well.
Integrated battery design
Similar to the
We can't vouch for the battery life without testing, but as we mentioned in our review of the MacBook Air, if you can't swap the battery out, you can't pop in a spare for extended use. If Apple's eight-hour claim holds up, that's closer to a full day of work than the five-ish hours you get from the MacBook Air, but you'll still run out of juice on longer flights.
New hardware, same price
That's a faster CPU, more hard drive space, and a better GPU solution than the older model, for the same price. Upgrade options get you up to 8GB of RAM ($1,200), a 256GB solid-state hard drive ($900), and a faster (though still dual-core) 2.93GHz CPU ($300).
Apple is currently taking preorders for the new 17-inch MacBook Pro, and it indicates three to four weeks for shipping. With luck, we'll have our full review posted in the meantime.
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