Apple debuts 17-inch MacBook Pro with built-in battery delivers 8 hours of use and 1,000 recharges

Apple StoreApple today unveiled the new 17-inch MacBook Pro featuring a durable precision aluminum unibody enclosur and a revolutionary new built-in battery that delivers up to eight hours of use and up to 1,000 recharges for more than three times the lifespan of conventional notebook batteries. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro has a high resolution LED-backlit display and the same large glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad introduced with the new MacBook family in October. In addition, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro includes state of the art NVIDIA graphics and the latest generation Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors. As part of the industry’s greenest notebook family, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro is made of highly recyclable materials, meets stringent energy efficiency standards and is made without many of the harmful toxins found in other computers.

“We’ve developed new battery technology that is better for the user and better for the environment,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release. “Apple’s advanced chemistry and innovative technology deliver up to eight hours of use on a full charge cycle and up to 1,000 recharges.”

Apple uses advanced chemistry, intelligent monitoring of the system and battery, and Adaptive Charging technology to create a revolutionary new notebook battery that delivers up to eight hours of wireless productivity on a single charge and up to 1,000 recharges without adding thickness, weight or cost to the MacBook Pro’s incredible design.* The longer battery lifespan equals fewer depleted batteries and less waste, which is better for the environment.

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro includes an ultra-thin, widescreen glossy 1920 x 1200 display with 78 percent more pixels than the 15-inch MacBook Pro and a 60 percent greater color gamut that delivers desktop-quality color in a notebook. The LED-backlit display has brilliant instant-on performance, uses up to 30 percent less energy and eliminates the mercury found in industry standard fluorescent tube backlights.

Measuring just 0.98-inches thin and weighing 6.6 pounds, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is the world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch notebook. The 17-inch MacBook Pro is the most powerful Mac notebook yet with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors available up to 2.93 GHz, up to 8GB DDR3 main memory and a graphics architecture that allows users to switch between the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor for better battery life and the powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics processor for higher performance. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro includes a 320GB 5400 rpm hard drive standard with a 320GB 7200 rpm hard drive and 128GB and 256GB solid state drives as options. As with the rest of the new MacBook family, the 17-inch MacBook Pro includes a next generation, industry-standard Mini DisplayPort to connect with the new Apple LED Cinema Display featuring a 24-inch LED-backlit widescreen display with a built-in iSight® video camera, mic and speakers.

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro joins the aluminum unibody MacBook family in setting new standards for environmentally friendly notebooks with every model achieving EPEAT Gold status.** Each MacBook unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. The new MacBook family meets stringent Energy Star 4.0 requirements, contains no brominated flame retardants and uses internal cables and components that are PVC-free. The battery in the new 17-inch MacBook Pro provides additional environmental benefit because its extended lifespan means fewer depleted batteries resulting in less waste. Depleted batteries can be replaced for $179 which includes installation and disposal of your old battery in an environmentally responsible manner.

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro will be shipping at the end of January and will be available through the Apple Store® (http://www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of US$2,799, and includes:

• 17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200, glossy display;
• 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache;
• 1066 MHz front-side bus;
• 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM;
• NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
• NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3 video memory;
• 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
• a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
• Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
• built-in AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
• Gigabit Ethernet port;
• built-in iSight video camera;
• three USB 2.0 ports;
• one FireWire® 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
• ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
• one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
• glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
• built-in, 95WHr lithium polymer battery; and
• 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the 17-inch MacBook Pro include a 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 8GB 1066 MHz DDR 3 memory, 320GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, anti-glare display for $50 (US), Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

A properly maintained Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro battery is designed to retain 80 percent or more of its original capacity during a lifespan of up to 1,000 recharge cycles. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings.

More info: 17-inch MacBook Pro

76 Comments

  1. A battery that lasts almost twice as long is better than hauling a second battery around.

    I’m sure it can be changed out – by Apple.

    But, where the FSCK is the new Mac Pro and Mac Mini?

  2. Swapping out batteries is only good if 1 your internal battery is weak, or 2 you have heavy usage that cannot be accomodated by any internal battery.

    For 1, the internal integrated battery has advantages in that it can more efficiently use available space and not waste space for the rarely used option of replacing the battery.

    For 2, you’re out of luck other than having a better internal battery to start out with. Other Than lugging around a bulky external power source of scamming for a wall outlet.

    Being portable means making compromises, for most people the advantages of the integrated but more powerful battery will far outweigh the disadvantages. I’ve never been a fan of replaceable batteries on portable gear, I’ve always felt that integrated batteries were superior and am glad that Apple is leading the way with them.

  3. 2 years and 2 months on my 2.33 17″ mbp, never taken out battery, 89% health remaining

    Even if we only get 5 to 6 hours of real world use out of the new battery, its still 2 times better than what we get now. Making the battery larger instead of removable makes a lot of sense to me.

    I wish they do this for all macbooks.

  4. You know good and well that the battery won’t last for 8 hours under real world conditions. It’s 8 hours with integrated graphics, WiFi off, screen brightness at the lowest level and all that other bullshit.

    They said the MacBook Air battery would last 5 hours and look how accurate that turned out to be.

  5. “But, where the FSCK is the new Mac Pro and Mac Mini?”

    I’d expect an update posted when they are ready with a press release. The mini might have been demoed if it was ready but really with the new iLife and iWork and new 17″ there was plenty of stuff to demo without including either of those 2 items.

  6. As I suspected, the real reason why Steve didn’t present this, the last keynote, is not because of health or wanting to spend time with family over the holidays. He wanted to protect his legacy and image by preserving the last image of him presenting the iPhone, for the second time (3G), after the first gen was so wildly popular. He quit when he was on top. Today’s subpar offerings would have tainted that perception that while he presented, Apple, and Steve, was king.

  7. @mac

    You’re sourpuss reaction is just one more reason we won’t ever see any more Macworld keynotes.

    Thanks for nothin’ pal, now go crawl back under your rock and don’t come back out again, you troglodyte.

  8. And that goes for you too, Maconymous..

    sheesh, buncha crybabies.

    It was a fine demo, with solid products many of which will be getting my money, at least the new iLife and iWork if not the 17″

  9. I thought todays offerings were great. I mean, they just came out with all kinds of good stuff in October. Everyday can’t be Christmas. I just hope I don’t have to listen to people drone on and on about the evils of non-replaceable batteries and how the 17″ Macbook pro will be a dismal failure because of it, just like the iPod, iPhone, and Macbook air were. Oh, wait a minute…

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