Currently Being ModeratedJul 13, 2013 11:21 PM (in response to mswag)
I also hope they will bring back the 17" MBP. Now is a better time than ever, since they now have the technology to make it really light, for once. I trade stocks for a living and use Logic, Aperture, Photoshop and FCP in my spare time. And for all those applications, the added screen real estate of a 17", makes a BIG difference. A 15" screen is just too small. And a higher resolution just doesn't make up for it. But 17" can easily be a desktop replacement. Which is great for us who travel a lot.
I've had two 17" MBPs and two 17" PowerBook G4s, and would never buy a 15" laptop. Hopefully Apple will come out with a new 17" model before my current one breaks or gets too old.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 19, 2013 1:25 AM (in response to Don_McCracken)
Check this out:
The suggestion was first made by the folks at the Stabley Times and has since piqued the interest of plenty of others. Having proved to be anything but a top-seller following Apple’s introduction of the first Retina MacBook Pro, the 17-inch model considered unnecessary and shelved indefinitely.
However, it is now being mused that Apple will bring Retina quality to the 17-inch MacBook Pro as part of the range’s 2013 refresh, which given the firm’s advances over the past 12-months is far from implausible
Apple has since shown the ability to do a retina display at anyit wants. Be reminded that this is all speculation at this point, but it might not be a bad idea to give consumers an additional choice of screen size when Applerefreshes the MacBook Pro line.
Oh god. Please make it happen. Please revive the 17 inch MacBook Pro
Currently Being ModeratedJul 19, 2013 2:16 AM (in response to CrimsonCage)
If this is true this will be good news, with haswell and the fact its physically bigger the battery life should be impressive, lets hope there is an ssd option with storage greater than 500Mb even 750mb matching the iMac line capacity would be good. It may even be physically lighter too.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 21, 2013 7:18 AM (in response to Gavin Olukoju)
I believe they will be running on Flash just like the 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro. I kinda fear the glued battery. The current Retina MacBook Pro's battery would cost a lot if there is a problem with the battery. Due to the removable battery, my First Generation 17 inch MacBook Pro (2.16 Core Due) can stay with me for a long period of time.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 2, 2013 3:54 AM (in response to mswag)
I completely agree with you and I'm so desperate to buy Macbook Pro 17" Retina display and I know what's the important of it. I work on big screen and when I travel I need the same big screen or atlest 17" will do so it's too much important for me to have my Macbook Pro 17" Retina Display
I can pay $4500 or more for it or Any price which apple ask for and I need Macbook Pro 17" Retina Display
I think the way Steve Jobs used to think that way of thinking is required again in Apple -- to understand the consumer needs!
I'm hoping to get my Macbook Pro 17" Retina Display very soon, I pray to GOD and I'll get it.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2013 7:30 PM (in response to drewmunn)
I think a lot of us Prosumers who are still producing tons of work with our 17" MBP workhorses, is that we couldn't care less about the 'retina' technology. We're just excited to see the return of such a powerhouse machine for Pros as an option. That's all really.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2013 6:57 AM (in response to veepro)
I agree. I don’t’ care about the retina display. The high res display on my 2.5 year old 17” MBP is outstanding. My concern is that my computer is coming off of AppleCare in 6 months. Then I have to start worrying about how long it will last. I’d rather buy a new 17” MBP in 6 months and not worry about the computer breaking down. As a writer, a reliable, highly productive computer is critical for my work.
I used the 15” MBP for many years. When I bought a new computer, it took me a long time in the store to decide between the 15” and the 17”. I couldn’t notice a lot of difference when I was trying them out. But I decided on the 17”. After using it for a few days, I realized how much better it was than the 15”. It’s more like having a portable desktop computer.
I think Apple should develop demo and comparison procedures to help people see in the store how superior the 17” is in terms of productivity, movie and picture viewing, and many other factors. Being larger, it has better speakers and the potential for several other superior features.
The 17” is the premier product. When executives or leaders use MBP’s on TV, they nearly always have 17”’s on their desks. The 13” and even 15” look like toys.
I don’t understand Apple’s rationale for getting rid of the 17”. When people want to upgrade their TV’s, they mostly don’t buy TV’s with smaller, higher resolution screens. They buy bigger TV’s. Apple seems to be losing some market share in the phone and tablet markets because it’s products were too small compared to competitors. I heard they were going to rectify this problem by increasing screen sizes.
I hope this rationale extends to the MBP and that they re-launch the 17”, or larger. If they’re making the MBP substantially lighter, maybe they could launch an 18 or 19”, as others on this tread have suggested. However, I’d be very happy with an upgraded 17”.
The low sales of the 17” compared to the 13” and 15” MBP’s probably mainly were due to higher prices and inadequate demonstration procedures in stores. It’s hard to differentiate the 15” from the 17” on quick examination. But as many on this thread know, the difference is huge once you start using the machine regularly.
Having the 17” in the MBP line enhances the image of the whole line. By including the 17”, Apple clearly is saying, we care about the professional market. Abandoning the 17” because it only was 2 or 3% of MBP sales is the type of decision a 25 year old Wall Street analyst with an MBA, but little business experience, might make. Based on the numbers, getting rid of the 17” might make sense.
But Apple’s success was based on vision and taking care of it’s customers. That’s what drove the good numbers. Now the numbers are declining, but still good. It’s time to get back to the Steve Jobs’ visionary, customer-focused approach to running Apple, rather than letting Wall Street take over.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2013 7:58 AM (in response to mswag)
Perhaps a KICKSTARTER campaign for the 17" MBP where the proceeds would cover the costs of bringing back the 17" MBP with a retina display and those who put money will get it back in the form of a rebate if a 17" MBP w/ retina display is made for sale AND purchased?
Now, of course, there would be some backlash as some people would not like it that a company with a very high market capitalization need a kickstarter campaign for money....but then again, costs are costs...and it doesn't cost zero to design and build it.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2013 8:37 AM (in response to pc2k5)
^^^ That's an ingenious idea. Apple use to have the motto, "Think Outside the Box". Your Kickstarter idea does this. I know Apple would never start a Kickstarter campaign but at least we are trying to come up with ideas.
It also perturbs me when someone says, "I don't need a 17" Retina Display". Fine, if you don't need it, then why state it? The topic of this thread is to encourage Apple to make a 17" Retina Display MacBook Pro for the rest of us who want it.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2013 11:56 AM (in response to davidhunternyc1)
Though we do want to encourage apple to bring back a 17" laptop, this thread won't do it, as this is a user forum only, and Apple does not monitor it.
To let apple hear why you believe there should be a 17" MacBook Pro option, write to them at
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2013 9:53 PM (in response to mswag)
Going all the way back to the original post...
How can we convince Apple that having a 17 inch Retina display is worthwhile for those of us PROFESSIONALS that use that larger screen and realestate?
There is no problem convincing Apple that a 17-inch Retina would be worthwhile for professionals. Apple would probably believe this right away.
The problem is in convincing Apple that it would be worthwhile for them.