Apple's Last 17-Inch MacBook Pro Set to Become Obsolete

Apple will soon make the Mid-2011 MacBook Air and Late 2011 MacBook Pro obsolete, meaning the two models will no longer be accepted for official repair in Apple Stores from June 30.

The computers are about to be added to Apple's vintage and obsolete products document, according to 9to5Mac, indicating that Apple has discontinued hardware support for both MacBooks in all regions except for California and Turkey.


Also set to be included in the obsolescence list is the Mid-2009 17-inch MacBook Pro, which is the last 17-inch computer Apple has made.

The company's large form factor laptops first made an appearance in 2003 with the launch of the 17-inch G4 Powerbook, which cost $3299 and featured a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 60GB hard drive. A 17-inch MacBook Pro formed part of Apple's notebook lineup between April 2006 and June 2012. The last major update to Apple's 17-inch Pro machine came in January 2009, when a unibody variant was unveiled.

Apart from the computers, the iPhone 3GS and the first generation 802.11n AirPort Express will also be added to the list, as part of Apple's routine practice of making legacy devices obsolete. The company ended support for the polycarbonate MacBook and mid-2009 MacBook Pro models earlier this month.



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20 months ago
Real shame. My 17" is my primary Mac and I love it. I really don't know what I'm going to go to next. I know a Retina 15" effectively offers more working space but it's just not the same as working on the 17" screen.
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20 months ago
Apple's 17" MacBook Pro was a incredible machine!
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20 months ago
You will be missed. No recent MacBook Pro could fill in those shoes, certainly not the 2016 sad excuse.
Rating: 16 Votes
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20 months ago
Aww. :( it might have been a niche product but it was a nice one. Imagine how sleek a modern one could have been too.
Rating: 15 Votes
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20 months ago
Lapzilla is dead. Long live Lapzilla.
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20 months ago

The 17" MacBook Pro was an extraordinary machine!


It still is an extraordinary machine. A 2011 with an SSD and 8-16gb of Ram is still a good workhorse. It's just finding one where the GPU hasn't cooked itself that's the only reason I don't recommend them to people.
Rating: 14 Votes
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20 months ago
I always think Apple should do the 12" Macbook and a 14" and 16" Macbook Pro without bezels around the screen. Seems to me this would be the best sizes...
Rating: 11 Votes
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20 months ago
To be fair, most MacBooks are obsolete the day they're released; overpriced, outdated tech, limited ports, soldered non-upgradeable components (RAM included!), etc.

This isn't 'news'
Rating: 8 Votes
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20 months ago

Apple's 17" MacBook Pro was a incredible machine!

My favorite apple product of all time.
Rating: 7 Votes
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20 months ago
no 17" MacBook, no Aperture.
:(
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