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  • sers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I hope you are right that it is just an engineering delay and not an abandonment.  If it is the latter, I'll be refurbishing and retrofitting 17" MacBook Pros for as long as possible...

  • bobbylynn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you're inconvenieced by the discontinuation you can show your support here:

    https://www.facebook.com/bringback17inchmacbookpro

  • stir11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had money saved up to buy a top of the line, macbook pro 17 inch and now it is dicontinued.  unless they bring it back soon im going to buy a pc.

  • Warren Heaton Level 3 Level 3 (575 points)

    Anyone notice that the Kensington lock slot is also gone?

     

    I don't know about you guys, but any time I am away from my home office with my 17" MacBook Pro (lecturing at a university, presenting at a trade show or user group, doing on-site training, freelancing at a post facility, kililng time at a coffee shot, etc.), I _always_ lock my MacBook Pro to something to prevent snatch and grab style theft.

     

    Sure, there's no 100% way of preventing laptop theft (I've had a friend knocked to the ground while the thief ran away with the laptop bag at the airport), but at least you're not as easy of a target.

     

    It looks like some locking products are appearing on the market (like the one from MacLocks), but hopefully the second generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display will bring this staple feature back.

     

     

     

    -Warren

  • OrdsWoW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am in love with my mbp17" and did buy myself a new one just before it ran out.

    Actualy got it for a bargen, -10% :). What i love about it is the dvd player you can replace with a TB.

    Original bay with a ssd256 for speed and second hd 1tb of storage. I dont need a hd for traveling with a 15" retina.

    It saves space overall. Second reason is the size of the screen, i am 50+ and my eyes are not perfect anymore. The retina display is just to small when you enlarge text. 3D design is also in need for space. Its a niche market 20k units but apple bring this baby back to the market, its your top product for engineers and designers.

  • sers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Absolutely. Once one makes the text larger, the screen real estate diminishes quickly.  The fact is that the larger screen is a larger screen and that is the end of it.  In some things, more is better; and in most things, "just as good" isn't.  Of course, normally Apple not only understands this but lives off it: the truth of this proposition is the reason for preferring the iPhone.  It is a strategic error to let such a rich product as the MacBook Pro 17" die. There are many professionals who love these, and I am one of them. This shouldn't even be a question if the point is making the best product. There is no good reason to let this product die.  It is bad for Apple, and terrible for us.

  • Randy Decker Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)

    I've read a few of the replies to your post. I'm writing this reply on my 17" MacBook Pro. It's about 2 years old. I'll be looking for a replacement in the next year or so. I'm hoping Apple will offer a 17" MacBook sometime soon. If they don't I will not buy a PC. I guess I'll buy the 15" Retina Display. However, it's not the best solution for me.

  • OrdsWoW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If we dont all respond like this and lett us force into a 15" retina.

    Plz you all be patient. I did buy myself the latest 2012 mbp 17 ". That will keep me running for a few years. I hope by that time apple has come to his sences or retina equal screens will come available for 17".

  • Gavin Olukoju Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Now that apple has won some budget... Maybe they can plough some of this 'windfall' into the release / development of a 17" Retina MacBook Pro?

  • tlbtr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just want to say that I am writing this on my 17" MBP 2,1 - six years old now. I still love it, even though it's too old to upgrade the Adobe software I work with (but CS4 still *just* works for me). I was hanging on til the rumoured Retina machines, but no 17"! I gave in and ordered a 15" Retina last week, but then cancelled it. If they bring out another 17", I'll buy it. If not, who knows? Could this be the end of a beautiful relationship? ps I don't have or want an iPhone either. (Why? Because they are for consuming, and the reason I have been an Apple user since 1992 is that they are - or were - for productiion. I think that's what the Pro in MBP, FCP, etc, used to mean. /end of rant)

     

    Message was edited by: tlbtr explaining why I don't want an iPhone, in case anyone is interested :-)

  • firtree Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm in the very same boat. I just can't bring myself to order the 15". It's too small to do real work. I would order the new upgraded non-retina if they had a 17", but they don't. I feel very screwed over by Apple, and have been a customer since the mid-80's, not that they care, obviously.

     

    With the 17", I could really be mobile with my work. Isn't the point of a "laptop" to have the ability to work away from your desk? I also prefer the non-retina machines because I use and need the optical drive and FW. I like the "does it all" machine, which my 17" is. 

  • firtree Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What 2012 17" MBP? They didn't get the upgrade, just the 13 & 15". The 17" is from 2011, as I understand it.

  • Richard Liu Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    @tlbtr,

     

    Pity you didn't try it before returning it.  I keep on telling myself, "It's the real estate, not the resolution," but every time I look at the Retina display on the 15" MBP configured for the same resolution as the last 17" MBP's I wonder whether, despite the smaller size, tiny text might not be easier to read on the MBP 15" with Retina display.  Unfortunately, shops no longer carry the 17" model, so it's hard to compare them side-by-side.

     

    Let's not forget, though, that the Retina display isn't the only thing that's new on that model.  Flash memory instead of a hard disk, RAM not user upgradable.  If you're inclined to upgrade either, you have to do it when you order the machine.  You can't wait until you really need it, and can't take advantage of the fact that they only get cheaper with time -- or of cheaper third-party substitutes for that matter!

     

    Regards,

    Richard

  • silvio d Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well as I posted much earlier, I have bought a refurbed unit, upgraded it and its great.  My friend, used it, ditched his 15 and bought one as well.

     

    However, it came pre-loaded with Lion.  HATE loss of Expose, and yes you can kinda make it work like the original but not exactly, and REALLY HATE the loss of the scroll arrows.  I have one app I'm using for data entry and now I'm forced to use a mouse with my laptop to make life bareable.  The committee of Apple monkeys who decided to go all iOS on the OS are simply morons.  Probably the same idiots who decided we all need to move to a 15" laptop.

     

    Death to the 15" retine, long live the 17".

  • yogybear Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I totally agree.  Why has apple discontinued the 17" macbook pro?  I own an early model macbook pro 17" unibody which has been a total joy to work and play with.

     

    I work as a cardiac scientist, and my research involves analysis of complex multidimensional datasets, involving scientific programming, and graphical visualisation in 3D/4D. I adore the 17" screen which provides ample realestate when dealing whith such complex tasks.  Having this option on a mobile device is paramount to my workflow, as I work in multiple environments, i.e. clinical, laboratory, and internationally (conferences).  I can't imagine performing these tasks on a miniscule 15" screen, and I don't always have the luxury of plugging into an external monitor.  I beleive high resolution displays (such as the retina display) are beutiful to look at, especially for graphics editing, displaying photos, or simple taks, however, such displays can impact on productivity for other tasks when these pixels are crammed into a smaller area.  I am dissapointed in Apple for the demise of the 17" macbook pro, as I am at the stage of upgrading my current hardware, and am considering purchasing a 17" windows 8 PC.

     

    Please bring back the real Steve Jobs.

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