updated 10:35 am EDT, Wed October 15, 2008
MB Pro 17in Due 2009
The 17-inch model conspicuously absent from Apple's MacBook Pro redesign has only been delayed, AppleInsider claims. Referring to sources it says have now been proven accurate by Apple's announcements on Tuesday, the rumor site now believes a larger pro system virtually identical in style to the unibody 15-inch model is due in "several months." The report corroborates MacNN's own sources which have indicated an unexpected delay preventing a simultaneous launch and are believed to include display and DVD drive problems.
No details have been provided regarding the upgrade, though it's expected to carry the same NVIDIA platform.
Such delays aren't unprecedented for Apple's 17-inch notebooks. The original PowerBook G4 model was originally poised to launch in February 2003 but only began shipping in earnest by April of that year. The first 17-inch MacBook Pro also launched three months after its 15-inch counterpart, though this is generally understood to have been staggered to let those needing PowerPC-based Macs buy a large notebook before the end of the transition to Intel.