Analyst: Apple will Kill 17-inch MacBook Pro this Year

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Apple will discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro some time this year, leaving only the 15-inch and 13-inch models in the product lineup, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The move will come as a move to help streamline the company’s product lineup, and because sales of the large screen laptop are on the decline.

“While adding new products, Apple is likely to stop making the 17-inch MacBook Pro this year due to falling shipments, in order to maintain a lean product line strategy,” he said.

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He also expects Apple will introduce a completely redesign MacBook Pro early in the company’s third quarter that will include many MacBook Air-style features. Rumors hint those changes include an Air-like body without an optical drive.

Second quarter Mac sales will be up, according to Mr. Kou’s estimates. He expects Apple will report selling some 5.32 million units, which is up 28.5 percent compared to last quarter, and 35.2 percent year over year.

He added that Apple has several other factors that will play into strong Mac sales. “Apple’s Mac business in 2Q12 will be boosted by several factors. Three of which are: (1) Mountain Lion, which integrates iOS features with Mac OS, Apple TV’s interaction function, will be launched in June; (2) upgrading to Ivy Bridge; and (3) back-to-school demand,” he said.

Despite the versatility in the MacBook Pro lineup, losing the 17-inch model will disappoint at least some customers who rely on the larger laptop as a portable workstation. Apple, however, has a history of killing products users want in favor of its own roadmap — and so far that plan seems to be working out just fine.

[Thanks to SlashGear for the heads up.]

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wab95

Apple will discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro some time this year…


...from my cold, dead fingers…

geoduck

A quick check of NewEgg shows 67 different models of 17” laptops made by HP, ASUS, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Acer, and MSI.

Looks like a robust market to me.

webjprgm

While I’ve always found the 17” to be just too big, I know at least one person who loves that size.  If they do kill it, it would be another move in conjunction with the lack of MacPro update that upsets the high-end professional.

My personal opinion is that 17” is too heavy to conveniently carry around (my manager at work dropped one on my desk last year and since then that’s what I’m stuck with) and although the large screen is handy, any time I want to sit down to do serious work I plug into an external monitor anyway, so the large screen only matters on the go.  I personally would choose the highest end 15” MBP (if/when I have the money for a personal laptop upgrade). When I was in school I chose the 13” MB which is large enough to sneak in some programming during classes, then attach to an external monitor for more work later.

The way of the future? Most likely smaller and smaller.  Apple likes killing things now to push people towards the future.  So I can easily believe they’d do this.

wab95

My personal opinion is that 17? is too heavy to conveniently carry around (my manager at work dropped one on my desk last year and since then that?s what I?m stuck with) and although the large screen is handy


I know some feel this way. For me, it is not heavy, and while I do like the screen real estate (my workstation is strictly portable), it is the higher processor speeds and ports that I also appreciate. In theory, Thunderbolt is an equaliser, but so far, TB-enabled peripherals have been few and far between.

The 17” MBP has been Apple flagship laptop since its debut. Indeed, thanks to the screen size and resolution, I have had no need of a larger monitor. Perhaps, if this rumour is true (an important qualifier), it presages the advent of even better screen resolution on the horizon (retina display?).

That said, I concede that I may have to become reacquainted with a 15” screen, although I suspect, without its current limitations.

mjkphoto

Apple is on a mission to alienate creative professionals, who are more likely to purchase the 17 inch MacBook Pro, so this move is not surprising.

Jonny

I am getting scared.
Steve Jobs made one brilliant decision after another that have made us all very happy with our Apple products.

Now there is a new crew at the helm….....
I have to say, being the skeptical sort that I am, I am doubting and mistrusting the new decision makers.

One of the factors that was hoped to make us more trusting was that Steve Jobs picked this new captain…...did he have a choice.

God Bless Steve Jobs

akcarver

(my manager at work dropped one on my desk last year and since then that?s what I?m stuck with)

Sounds like a great place to work. Are you guys hiring?

akcarver

God Bless Steve Jobs

Amen and amen.

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