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MacWorld is almost here and there are definitely less rumors flurrying about what Apple may do than usual.  One rumor emerging has to do with the refresh of the 17-inch MacBook Pro.  The biggest MacBook was the only model not refreshed last year and it’s no […]

cimg1074MacWorld is almost here and there are definitely less rumors flurrying about what Apple may do than usual.  One rumor emerging has to do with the refresh of the 17-inch MacBook Pro.  The biggest MacBook was the only model not refreshed last year and it’s no surprise that Apple is planning to go with the unibody of all the new MacBooks.  What is surprising is the rumor that has this model getting a non-replaceable battery a la the MacBook Air.

I can’t believe this is true as the only reason the Air has a fixed battery is due to lack of space.  That’s certainly not true of the big 17-incher so I can’t believe that Apple would take the ability to augment battery life away from the mobile worker by fixing the battery in place like the iPhone.  The rumor also states that Apple is going with a super new battery technology that will last much longer than those in the other MacBooks.  Even so I will only have one word for the fixed battery rumor should it come to pass:  FAIL.

(via 9to5mac)

  1. So why is it OK for every other Apple product to have a non-replaceable battery but not this laptop? The excuse you gave for the Macbook Air is weak considering that Lenovo don’t have the same problem with the X300.

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  2. Could this new super battery tech have anything to do with Silver ?

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  3. Jake, it’s not OK for the other products. We have bashed Apple for those decisions too.

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  4. GoodThings2Life Sunday, January 4, 2009

    I’ll up your word to two words, James:

    Epic Fail.

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  5. This is feeling more and more like an Apple blog. I don’t know why it feels like that, but every time I come in to read, there’s an article about Mac something-or-the-other near the top.

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  6. Pete, you must have impeccable timing when you read posts. ;) We feature 10 articles on the front page and right now there’s only one post that covers Apple news. There are a few that hit BlackBerry, one with Windows Mobile, some awesome Windows freeware, an innovative dual-screened Windows laptop, potential details on a pocketable PC from Sony, & a podcast that talks about Android, netbooks and VoIP.

    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Apple is part of the mobile space we cover. Not every little detail mind you, but when when we hear that they may continue the integrated battery trend in notebooks or might offer a new battery technology, that’s worth coverage in my book.

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  7. If the new 17″ battery has much longer battery life, at least 50% better, it won’t fail. On the other hand I doubt this rumor is true.

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  8. I think a removable battery is less important for a 17″ monster laptop than for, say, the iPhone (which is inherently more mobile). But I’d still prefer to have all my machines to have user-replaceable batteries.

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  9. For once James, I have to disagree with you! :-) I have an older 17″ PowerBook and a spare battery. Over three years, I have changed the battery only twice in actual use. The PB is so large that it really isn’t a “portable” device, so it really gets used more as a desktop replacement. And in such a case, there’s usually an outlet nearby.

    Now the MB Air is a different story and its uses would lend themselves more to the swappable battery scenario. A 17″ laptop… meh, not so much.

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  10. No offence Kevin but I think you’re being a little economical with the truth. On an average day there are usually numerous Apple-related posts on this site despite the fact that Apple represent a tiny part of the market. I think it would be fair to say that no other single company gets as much space on your site as Apple.

    To look at the flipside to this argument, where is the commentary on Windows 7? James is forever complaining about how he can’t use Vista on his laptops (despite the rest of the world getting on just fine) and yet I’ve not seen any serious reporting on how 7 runs on the sort of low end hardware that you guys like to talk about. With Microsoft talking up the fact that 7 will run on netbooks I thought you guys would be all over it by now.

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