Though Discontinued, Apple Offering a Plethora of Discounted 17" MacBook Pros

Thursday June 14, 2012 3:23 PM PDT by Jordan Golson
Macbookpro17Apple quietly discontinued the 17" MacBook Pro on Monday, the end of the line for a laptop that Apple has been selling in some form for nearly 10 years.

A favorite of road warriors and mobile production gurus, the end of the Apple notebook was upsetting for some, though Apple is still selling almost-new 17" MacBook Pros -- and likely will be for a while.

Apple is currently offering more than a dozen different 17" MacBook Pro configurations on the US Apple Online Store in the Refurbished Mac category. Refurbished Macs carry the same warranty as new machines, come with all the same accessories and the AppleCare Protection Plan can be purchased to extend the warranty and customer support out to three years.

Apple has refurbished 17" machines originally released as far back as April 2010 and as recently as October 2011. Prices range from $1,689 to $2,199.

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31 months ago

Code in windows have nothing to do with inches. It's pixel count.

1920 horizontal pixels will display the same amount of code on a 15.4" screen or 17" screen.

A common misconception, rather surprising on a technical blog like Macrumors.


That's just another way of saying it's font size. Um, OK, but working with tiny fonts is tiring and irritating, and there's only so small you can go.

I think people are saying that at the same font size, you can see more with a 17" screen, which is, of course, true.
Rating: 16 Votes
31 months ago

Who's to say they're not going to re-add a 17" MBP with Retina after some time?

They're just discontinuing it for the time being, as far as I can see.


Last time, in 2008, they kept on selling the non-refreshed 17" MBP when they introduced the unibodies in october. They didn't remove it to "re-introduce it" in January 2009 when they finally gave it the unibody treatment.

Nope, seems to me this time it's really gone.
Rating: 10 Votes
31 months ago

Code in windows have nothing to do with inches. It's pixel count.

1920 horizontal pixels will display the same amount of code on a 15.4" screen or 17" screen.

A common misconception, rather surprising on a technical blog like Macrumors.


It'll display the same amount, but at a smaller size on a 15". Some people just don't want things smaller.
Rating: 10 Votes
31 months ago

Code in windows have nothing to do with inches. It's pixel count.

1920 horizontal pixels will display the same amount of code on a 15.4" screen or 17" screen.

A common misconception, rather surprising on a technical blog like Macrumors.


You missed the point of what he was saying, it doesn't matter if the same amount of code is displayed, it will be smaller to look at on a 15.4" screen than on a 17" screen.
Rating: 9 Votes
31 months ago
You call that a discount? Buy one get one free: that's a discount!
Rating: 8 Votes
31 months ago

They should probably have wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men outside Apple HQ and its retail stores.


:D:apple::D
Rating: 8 Votes
31 months ago
They should probably have wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men outside Apple HQ and its retail stores.
Rating: 8 Votes
31 months ago

You call that a discount? Buy one get one free: that's a discount!


I think Apple is more in the "why buy one when you can have two at twice the price" camp.

and Yes...I just quoted Contact. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et4sMJP9FmM
Rating: 7 Votes
31 months ago

Code in windows have nothing to do with inches. It's pixel count.

1920 horizontal pixels will display the same amount of code on a 15.4" screen or 17" screen.

A common misconception, rather surprising on a technical blog like Macrumors.


Uhh no. Well, technically you're right, that the same number of lines will be displayed, but depending on the viewer's eye sight and age, they will have different degrees of readability. Personally I now read at a higher font size than 5 years ago, given the same screen.

When the iPhone 3GS and 4 were both in my hands, given the same physical size of font, the 4 was more readable. But that doesn't mean that with twice the resolution I could read with half the physical size, even if all the same pixel information is there.
Rating: 7 Votes
31 months ago

Code in windows have nothing to do with inches. It's pixel count.

1920 horizontal pixels will display the same amount of code on a 15.4" screen or 17" screen.

A common misconception, rather surprising on a technical blog like Macrumors.


sigh. not at all talking about the amount of code... but the SIZE.. as in what can be read from what distance? because I can't read 5000 lines of code squashed into one inch regardless of the resolution (yes, I exaggerated to make a point).

I understand DPI fine thanks. and what 1940 pixels means. but 1940 pixels spread out over 15" is NOT the same as spread over 17". Is this too obvious of a point for a technical person to grasp?
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