If Apple will be making retina iMacs, which are screen sizes between 21 and 27 inches, they might as well do a 17-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display like the other retina macbook pros, and also macbook air will be retina it seems.
- latest quad core processors
- dual dedicated graphics
- DDR4 RAM
- Expresscard slot
- two audio jacks to the left of express card slot like in previous generations
- louder speakers, and improved speaker quality
I will tell apple this, you all do the same please.
Pent up demand for the 17" could make a significant difference, at least in the short term. It seems at least conceivable that a year or two of brisk sales could eventuate precisely because of the combination of the long fast & pent up demand on the one hand, and whatever impressive things Apple does with the new version (wooing new fans) on the other. But of course one can't know for sure if it never is brought back. I'd forgive them even all the extra expenses I'm undertaking to prolong the life of my 17" if they brought it back. I'm not sure I wouldn't buy 2. Put one in techno cryosurgical stasis for when needed. ;-) But meantime I'm following your advice & trying to upgrade my 17" to be as functional as humanly possible for as long as humanly possible.
The upgrades to the computer could conceivably broaden its appeal--lighter, longer battery life, more powerful processor, solid state drive, Retina display, etc.-- or not. But it isn't impossible. Because I don't see any 17" on the market that has all the benefits of my 17" MacBook Pro, I'll keep improving it as long as I can. But all the improvement effort moves one to develop a sort of "laundry list" of features one hopes someday show up again in the way that Apple does so well. Those improvements could arrest the gaze of people who didn't look before... But I'm in the market for anybody's ideas how to extend the life and improve the function of the old 17" MacBook Pro until something better (for my purposes) comes along...
Hi, I really appreciate your advice on upgrading the RAM and installing an SSD. I'm a bit of a novice, although I did replace the hard drive on my wife's MacBook. Could you give me a recommendation on the proper model hard drive and SSD? Here's my key info for my 17" MacBook Pro that I love dearly.
Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro3,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 800 MHz
Boot ROM Version: MBP31.0070.B07
SMC Version (system): 1.18f5
Capacity: 250.06 GB (250,059,350,016 bytes)
Model: FUJITSU MHX2250BT
Serial Number: K20AT7625AJ2
Native Command Queuing: Yes
Queue Depth: 32
Removable Media: No
Detachable Drive: No
BSD Name: disk0
Medium Type: Rotational
Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
Capacity: 209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes)
BSD Name: disk0s1
Capacity: 249.58 GB (249,581,158,400 bytes)
Available: 11.1 GB (11,100,516,352 bytes)
File System: Journaled HFS+
BSD Name: disk0s2
I was a huge Apple fan.
I still own a ton of their products.
But I'm on a 2008 MBP 17 and will never buy another notebook from them until they come out with a larger (17,18,19) notebook.
Apple has abandoned it's creative customer base.
Why didn't the MacBook Pro 17" sell?
It didn't have a side number keypad that so many professionals use daily.
Plenty of room.
Rather than adapt and continue to reward those creative folks (writers, photographers, architects, artists, song writers etc.) that launched Apple in the first place, Apple threw in the towel.
If Apple produced a 19" MacBook Pro with very thin lip around the display, it would be 1/4" larger on all sides than a MBP17, fit in my Brenthaven bag, be about the same weight as my current 2008 MBP17 and it would sell like nobody's business, as long as it had a side number keypad for power users... CPA's, CEO's, CFO's, Business owners... you know... that small segment of our population (several million) that can afford a 4,000-5,000 price tag.
But what do I know.