Apple to Discontinue 17-inch MacBook Pro, Predicts Analyst

According to a new report by research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is expected to discontinue and replace its current 17-inch MacBook Pro with a newer more compact model. The cause of the predicted discontinuation stems from low sales for the first quarter of 2012, where the company sold roughly 50,000 MacBook Pro 17-inch variants out of a total of 3.1 million notebooks sold. Kuo predicts the company's solution will be to replace the 17-inch MacBook Pro with a new model in the third quarter of this year.

“We also predict Apple will roll out a fully new MacBook model in early 3Q12, boasting strong performance and easy carryability by combining the advantages of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro,” said research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. “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.”

This could be unfortunate news for 17-inch MacBook Pro lovers, who may lose some screen real estate from the model re-design.

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  • chuckydb
    Well, look at the price...
    It's the worst ripoff ever, even by Mac standards. No wonder the sales are bad.
    If they lowered the price by almost 500$, then it might sell.
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  • jacobdrj
    It is a niche product: The 13.3 and 15 inch models are cannibalizing the sales of the 17 inch model because the price descrpepancy is too high to justify the increase in screen area, particularly with no increase in actual resolution...

    If they offered something unique: more resolution, higher quality panels, value pricing, more people would buy the Mac Book Pro 17 as their desktop replacements. But as it stands, they are just too expensive for all but the most niche type customers...
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  • chuckydb
    Well, look at the price...
    It's the worst ripoff ever, even by Mac standards. No wonder the sales are bad.
    If they lowered the price by almost 500$, then it might sell.
    20
  • jacobdrj
    It is a niche product: The 13.3 and 15 inch models are cannibalizing the sales of the 17 inch model because the price descrpepancy is too high to justify the increase in screen area, particularly with no increase in actual resolution...

    If they offered something unique: more resolution, higher quality panels, value pricing, more people would buy the Mac Book Pro 17 as their desktop replacements. But as it stands, they are just too expensive for all but the most niche type customers...
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  • theconsolegamer
    chuckydbWell, look at the price...It's the worst ripoff ever, even by Mac standards. No wonder the sales are bad.If they lowered the price by almost 500$, then it might sell.

    Apple rather discontinue an entire line of products than dropping it's price apparently. They just need to die a fast and lulzy death.
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