Apple launches 17-inch MacBook Pro

Apple today launches its new 17-inch MacBook Pro laptop, powered by an Intel Core Duo processor and a completely new system architecture that offers up to five times the performance of the PowerBook G4.

Madrid – April 24, 2006 – Apple today launches its new 17-inch MacBook Pro laptop with an Intel Core Duo processor and a completely new system architecture that offers up to five times the performance of the PowerBook G4. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a spectacular aluminum design that is just 2.5 cm tall, weighs just 3 kg, includes an iSight video camera for video conferencing and the revolutionary Front Row multimedia experience with remote control. Apple Remote. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro also incorporates the new MagSafe magnetic power connector, created by Apple especially for mobile users.

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“The 17-inch MacBook Pro offers the speed and screen real estate of a professional desktop, in the world’s best notebook design,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With Intel’s advanced dual-core processor, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro offers unmatched performance in an innovative, sleek and slim design.”

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor that provides dual-core performance in a revolutionary design for energy efficiency, making it ideal for use on the slimline. and lightweight design of MacBook Pros. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro is up to five times faster than the 17-inch PowerBook G4 running industry-standard performance tests * and offers a completely new system architecture with a front-facing bus of 667 MHz system that is four times faster than the PowerBook G4, and 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable up to 2 GB that is twice as fast as the PowerBook G4.

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The new 17-inch MacBook Pros incorporate all the Apple innovations found in the 15-inch MacBook Pro, including the iSight video camera to enjoy video conferencing anywhere using Apple’s award-winning iChat AV software, or to record a podcast from video or iMovie movie using iLife ’06. All MacBook Pros also include Photo Booth, Apple’s fun application that allows users to take snapshots with the built-in iSight camcorder, add fun visual effects, and share their photos with the push of a button. Using Apple’s revolutionary Front Row multimedia experience, MacBook Pro provides users with an easy way to enjoy their digital lifestyle content, including music, photos, and videos, from anywhere in the room using the remote. Apple Remote. With Front Row, MacBook Pro users can instantly access iTunes playlists, iPhoto libraries, and shared videos via Bonjour, the zero-configuration networking technology built into Mac OS X.

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All MacBook Pros come with MagSafe magnetic power connector, specially designed for mobile users, which makes charging the laptop battery easier than ever by attaching the power outlet to the MacBook Pro magnetically. The MagSafe Magnetic Power Adapter safely disconnects from the laptop when a cable pull occurs, preventing the laptop from falling off the workbench. All MacBook Pros also feature Sudden Motion Sensor technology designed to protect the hard drive in the event of a crash.

Designed for creative and business professionals, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 36 percent higher brightness display to make reading text and viewing images even easier; and ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 PCI Express graphics with 256MB of dedicated GDDR3 graphics memory for the most demanding professional applications. It also has a Scrolling TrackPad to comfortably scroll through long web pages or explore huge photos. Equipped with the latest in connectivity and high-performance I / O options, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro also includes a FireWire 800 port, a FireWire 400 port, three USB 2.0 ports, digital and optical audio input and output, Bluetooth Built-in 2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) and built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11g WiFi 54Mbps WiFi wireless network **.

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All MacBook Pros include iLife ’06, the next generation of Apple’s award-winning collection of digital styling apps, featuring iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand, and iWeb, a new iLife app that makes it super easy to create stunning websites with photos, blogs and podcasts, and publish them to .Mac with a simple click to make them available to everyone on the Internet. All iLife ’06 applications work natively on the new Intel-based MacBook Pros for maximum performance.

All new MacBook Pros come with the latest version of the world’s most advanced operating system, Mac OS X version 10.4.6 “Tiger”, which includes Safari, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth, operating natively. in the range of Intel-based Apple computers. Mac OS X Tiger also includes an innovative software translation technology called Rosetta that allows users to run most Mac OS X applications for PowerPC without any hassle ***. Intel-based Mac computer users now have more than 1,500 Universal applications to choose from, and the list grows every day with the announcement of Intel-based applications for Mac OS X from hundreds of software developers, including Adobe, Quark and IBM’s Lotus division. The list of Universal applications for Mac OS X is available at

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Pricing and availability

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro will ship from the factory starting next week, and will be available at the Apple Store ( and on the Apple Authorized Reseller network.

* The new MacBook Pro 17-inch 2.16 GHz, with a suggested price of 2,799 euros (VAT included), includes:

– 17-inch widescreen LCD screen, resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 and brightness of 300 cd / m2.

– 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor.

– 1 GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 2 GB.

– 120 GB Serial ATA hard drive at 5,400 rpm with Sudden Motion Sensor technology (sudden motion sensor, for content protection).

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– 8x SuperDrive optical drive with loading slot and dual layer support

(DVD + R DL / DVD ± RW / CD-RW)

– ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 Graphics with PCI Express and 256MB GDDR3 memory.

– DVI output for external monitor (VGA adapter included; composite video and S-Video adapter sold separately).

– Dual Link support to use a 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display external monitor.

– Built-in iSight camcorder.

– 1 Gigabit Ethernet port

– Built-in AirPort Extreme Wireless Networking and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.

– ExpressCard / 34 expansion slot.

– Three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port and one FireWire 400 port.

– One line input port and one output port, both support optical digital and analog signal.

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– Trackpad with scrolling function and illuminated keyboard.

– Apple Remote infrared remote control.

– 68 watt / hour lithium polymer battery; and

– 85W power adapter with MagSafe magnetic power connector.

Custom configuration options for the 17-inch MacBook Pro include a 100GB hard drive (7,200rpm), up to 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, Apple USB modem, and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

* Based on estimated result from industry standard SPECint and SPECfp speed tests. SPEC® is a registered trademark of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC); See for more information.

** Actual speed may vary based on distance to base station, environmental conditions, and other factors.

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*** Visit for Apple applications compatible with Rosetta technology. Contact the manufacturer for third-party application compatibility.