MacWorld 2009: 17″ MacBook Pro

I’m expecting Apple to introduce a new 17″ MacBook Pro (looks exactly like the 15″ MacBook Pro, pictured above, but with a bigger chassis, of course) for MacWorld 2009. Isn’t it a bit weird that Apple is taking so long to update the 17″ MacBook Pro using the new aluminum unibody manufacturing process? I’m not sure what the hold up is but it might have something to do with structural integrity. To maintain the same structural integrity and rigidity the thickness of the aluminum will need to be increased for a larger chassis. Or maybe it’s something completely different.

The following are my guesses at the specifications (not rocket science, just guessed based on the current 15″ MacBook Pro):

Display: 17.0″ TN TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1680 x 1050 or 1920 x 1200
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 512MB DDR3 (x2 Dual-Link) and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (Integrated)
CPU: 2.53GHz or 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
RAM: 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 standard, up to 8GB
HDD: 250GB/320GB 7200RPM, 128GB/256GB SSD
Optical: 8x Slot-loading SuperDrive (Blu-ray optional with 1920 x 1200 LCD)
Connectivity: Mini DisplayPort, WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, USB 2.0, ExpressCard/34

I’m guessing that Apple will stick to a 16:10 LCD platform even though there are some brands that have introduced notebook PCs with 16:9 LCDs (Toshiba’s Qosmio G55, Medion Akoya P8610, Fujitsu Lifebook N7010, HP HDX18 for instance).

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