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So Long, 17-Inch MacBook Pro

Apple’s MacBook Pro line gained several new additions today, but it also lost a member of the family with the discontinuation of the 17-inch model.

Once the current supply runs out, the 17-inch MacBook Pro will be a thing of the past. Apple did not immediately provide an explanation behind the laptop’s cancellation, but given its expensive price tag and larger size, the 17-inch MacBook Pro was never as appealing to consumers as its smaller siblings.

First introduced in 2006 and always sporting high-end specs, the 17-inch served as the flagship model in Apple’s MacBook line — that is, until today, when the next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display was announced at WWDC.

The new model’s 15-inch screen boasts four times the resolution of its predecessor at 2880×1800 pixels, plus a lighter and thinner form factor. The laptop also comes equipped with Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors and an HDMI port.

Pricing for the next-gen MacBook Pro starts at $2,199, while the new MacBook Pro models start at $1,199 for the 13-inch version and $1,799 for the 15-inch laptop. All are available now.

Meanwhile, the 17-inch MacBook Pro has already been pulled from Apple’s Web site, but you can still buy it through other online retailers.


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— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus