updated 09:15 am EST, Fri January 30, 2009
17-inch unibody MBP ships
The new unibody version of the 17-inch MacBook Pro has started shipping, its Apple Store product page reveals. Shipping information has quietly switched over from pre-order status, to an estimated delivery time of seven to 10 business days. The timeframe is still significantly longer than that for other MacBook Pros, which are shipping within 24 hours.
Aside from a new construction, the upgraded 17-inch Pro includes new integrated and dedicated NVIDIA graphics processors, standard LED backlighting, and a proprietary (but not user-replaceable) eight-hour battery. Up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM is supported, along with a Core 2 Duo processor running up to 2.93GHz. Apple is charging a base price of $2,799.