At Tuesday’s WWDC keynote, Apple CEO Tim Cook and senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Phil Shiller, took to the stage to announce updates to the architecture of the 13in and 15in MacBook Pro and the 11in and 13in MacBook Air, as well as introducing a brand new, 15in Retina display MacBook Pro.
However, a glaring omission became apparent as the keynote drew to a close. The 17in MacBook Pro has been dropped from Apple’s notebook line-up all together.
In April, we reported that KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believed that Apple would drop the 17in model. “While adding new products, Apple is likely to stop making the 17in MacBook Pro this year due to falling shipments in order to maintain a lean product line strategy,” said Kuo in his report.
These reports were met with disbelief, however, as many professionals that use applications such as Final Cut Pro on while on the move rely on the 17in MacBook Pro’s large display to get the job done with accuracy.
The 15in Retina display MacBook could make up for its smaller display size with its high resolution, however. “The pixels are so small, that from a normal working distance, you can’t see the pixels,” claimed Schiller. The display is 15.4ines across, but its pixel density is 2,880 x 1,800 he explained. That’s 4x the number of pixels: “The world’s highest resolution notebook display.”
Apple has updated its pro apps, including Final Cut Pro X, Aperture and iPhoto in order to ready them for the new MacBook Pro’s Retina display.