Apple, the company that introduced the world's first notebook with 17" screen a decade ago, has quietly discontinued its MacBook Pro 17" model after it released its first laptop with retina-class screen with 2880*1800 resolution. By scrapping 17" notebooks, Apple automatically exits the market of desktop replacement laptops.
Although Apple upgraded all MacBook Air 11" and 13" as well as MacBook Pro 13" and 15" mobile PCs with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 "Ivy Bridge" microprocessors and new solid-state drives, it did not update the MacBook Pro 17", but introduced the all-new MacBook Pro Retina 15" with unprecedented 2880*1800 screen and high-end solid-state storage.
Thanks to never-before-seen notebook display with 2880*1800 resolution, the new MacBook Pro 15" with Retina screen offers more screen space than MacBook Pro 17" with 1920*1200 resolution in many applications. Nonetheless, 17" screen is more comfortable to use than 15" screen in many use-case scenarios. Moreover, with 17" display, it is possible to replace desktop with a laptop, whereas the 15" laptops are often considered as mobile powerhouses, not as something that can substitute desktops.
It is possible than eventually Apple will revive its line of MacBook Pro with 17" retina-class screens, but it is also possible that the company wants to encourage professionals to use a new line of Mac Pro desktops with improved displays instead of relying on MacBook Pro laptops.
The MacBook Pro 15" with Retina display features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7GHz, Nvidia GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, up to 16GB of DDR3L 1600MHz memory and flash storage up to 768GB. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow pro users to connect to multiple displays and high performance devices, and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to HDTVs. The MacBook Pro delivers up to 7 hours of wireless productivity and also features a FaceTime HD camera, glass multi-touch trackpad, full-size backlit keyboard, dual microphones, enhanced speakers, 3-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 as well as a thin MagSafe 2 power port.
Apple did not comment on the news-story.