The 17-Inch MacBook Pro Is Dead

The 17-Inch MacBook Pro Is Dead

Apple introduced updated MacBook Air and Pro models alongside a totally new MacBook Pro design today at WWDC. Every time one of the laptops was addressed during the keynote, no mention was made of a 17-inch model. Apple only talked about updates for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Airs/Pros.

Now Apple’s new MacBook Pro listings make no mention of the 17-inch model. It looks like the largest MacBook Pro has been axed once and for all.

Apple introduced the 17-inch MacBook Pro in 2006 as its top-of-the-line, professional laptop. As new spec upgrades were rolled out over the years, the 17-inch Pro always had the beefiest internals and build-to-order options. We heard that Apple was discontinuing the 17-inch Pro awhile back, and it looks like the company has decided to transition the laptop out of its inventory after today’s announcements.

We called a local Apple Store, and the specialist said that there were still some 17-inchers in stock. We’d expect Apple to sell off its remaining inventory if it can. A slow death, if you will.

  • sosickitzill

    She was a beast, sad to see her go. But it was hella big though. 

  • HooVoo

    Isn’t there a tiny possibility it will be added to the lineup sometime later?

  • Ignacio Rosenberg

    Isn’t there a tiny possibility it will be added to the lineup sometime later?

    I certainly hope so…I love my 17″, and with the amount of CAD work I do plus hobby photography I love the real estate.  Sad sad sad.

  • drblank

    You never know with Apple.  Since this Retina display is new, Apple MIGHT, and I emphasize the word MIGHT, come out with one later if/when they get a 17 panel with this type of resolution.  I wouldn’t rule it out 100% unless APPLE OFFICIALLY SAYS that they will never make another 17 inch laptop.  Apple did this before when they came out with a 15inch MBP first and then they had to wait for the 17 inch model to get the components required to make it.  Obviously, I may be a wishful thinker, but I would not make it a definite until Apple makes a public announcement to that effect.

  • Thomas Becker

    Well I love my MBP 17″ glad I got one before they axed it.

  • Michael Jennings

    @drblank: You never know, but I tend to think that Apple would have come out with an Ivy Bridge update to the existing Macbook Pro today if they were thinking of continuing with 17 inch models. Or at the very least, continued to list the existing 17 inch on the online Apple store. It’s gone, however. 

    When Apple introduced the Unibody 15 inch Macbook Pros, they did not have a 17 inch unibody model ready at the same time but they release a small update to the 17 inch Unibody Macbook Pro at the same time, before following it with a 17 inch unibody model a few months later.
    So I think the 17 inch Pro is gone. If I needed one, I would buy it now. 
  • David Fulero

    This was telegraphed long ago, when they kept staying with the expresscard slot long after the entire MacBook line had moved on to SD.

  • HooVoo
    Isn’t there a tiny possibility it will be added to the lineup sometime later?

    I certainly hope so…I love my 17″, and with the amount of CAD work I do plus hobby photography I love the real estate.  Sad sad sad.

    exactly my situation! i need every fragment of real estate i can get… photos, video and recording in Logic! Size matters here :)

  • Teddri

    She was a monster, but love my 17″, sorry to see them go

  • world_exposer
    Isn’t there a tiny possibility it will be added to the lineup sometime later?

    I certainly hope so…I love my 17″, and with the amount of CAD work I do plus hobby photography I love the real estate.  Sad sad sad.

    I use an 24 inch external monitor, as the screen displays text to small.

  • Cowicide

    I hope like others have said this is just a supply issue, but if not I will be leaving Apple hardware for greener pastures after using Apple hardware for over 20 years.  Very sad, but I have to use the best and if Apple can’t offer that, I need to move on.

    If Apple hopes that suckers will buy the 15 inch model in the meantime by keeping mum on an eventual 17 inch retina MacBook Pro that coming down the line, then I think that’s a mistake too and will backfire.
    Apple should be honest with it’s consumers at this point and let us know if they are waiting on availability of a 17 inch retina display for the laptops or if this is truly the end of the road.  They’d better do this soon before they create even more ill will with the very same professionals that helped build Apple.
  • garlandsmith

    I always thought that the market for super size laptops is very limited… I’ve always had the 13” ones and when I switched to a 15” Pro (albeit for only 6 months) I found it extremely big AND heavy so I can imagine how chunky the 17” must feel!  having said that I don’t really work with video and images on my Mac.

  • Dave Martin

    I cant believe the 17 inch is getting axed!!!! The 17 inch is pretty standard within the creative industries as a professional tool. I produce music for a living and 17inch is fundamental in production and performance. Im really pissed off about this decision and really frustrated!!! What will professionals use? Maybe there will be a move to PC based software where we can still get 17inch laptops. What about professionals visual artists?????? This really sucks!! They are also talking about axing the whole Macbook pro line!!!!!! Bolloks!!!!

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