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Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro Specifications
17-inch MacBook Pro
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April 2006
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Introducing the 17-inch MacBook Pro
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Product Overview
Intel Core Duo Performance
Video on the Go
Portable Theater
Designed for Mobility
Simple Setup
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Intel Core Duo Processor
Dual-Core Processing
Industry-Leading Power Efficiency
Multiple Cores and Mac OS X
Universal Applications
Rosetta for Seamless Compatibility
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High-Bandwidth Architecture
667MHz Frontside Bus
667MHz DDR2 Main Memory
PCI Express
Serial ATA Hard Drive
Quantum Leap in Bandwidth
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Leading-Edge Graphics
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 Graphics Processor
High-Resolution Display
External Display Support
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Built-in iSight Camera
Video Conferencing with iChat AV
Recording Video with iMovie HD and iWeb
Snapshots with Photo Booth
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Front Row Media Experience
Front Row
Apple Remote
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High-Performance I/O
ExpressCard/34 Slot
DVI Output
Gigabit Ethernet
8x Double-Layer-Burning SuperDrive
FireWire 400 and 800
USB 2.0
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Unique Mobile Design
Thin, Light Aluminum Enclosure
MagSafe Power Adapter
Illuminated Keyboard
Ambient Light Sensor
Scrolling Trackpad
AirPort Extreme
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Sudden Motion Sensor
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Bundled Software
Mac OS X Tiger
iLife ‘06
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Configurations and Options
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Technical Specifications
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Introducing the 17-inch
MacBook Pro
Comparison leaves no room for doubt. The 17-inch MacBook Pro is simply in a class
of its own. One look and you’ll admire its svelte 1-inch-thin design and big, brighter
display. One minute working on its backlit keyboard and you’ll applaud the performance of the Intel Core Duo processor and high-bandwidth architecture. With
advanced features like FireWire 800 and a fast double-layer-burning SuperDrive, it’s
the must-have notebook computer for any creative professional—whether you’re in
business, the arts, science, technology, or education.
Benchmark performance: Up to five times faster than PowerBook G4
Key features
Intel Core Duo processor
667MHz frontside bus
667MHz DDR2 main memory
PCI Express architecture
Serial ATA hard drive
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics
processor with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM
Built-in iSight video camera
Front Row and Apple Remote
36 percent brighter display than the
17-inch PowerBook G4 display
ExpressCard/34 slot
Three USB ports
MagSafe Power Adapter
17-inch PowerBook G4
1.67GHz PowerPC G4
17-inch MacBook Pro
2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
Integer calculation (estimate)
Floating-point calculation (estimate)
Testing conducted by Apple in April 2006 using preproduction 17-inch MacBook Pro units; PowerBook systems were shipping units. See
for more information. SPEC benchmarks were compiled using the IBM compiler and a beta version of the Intel compiler for Mac OS. MacBook Pro
continuously monitors system thermal and power conditions, and may adjust processor speed as needed to maintain optimal system operation.
The 17-inch MacBook Pro is the thinnest and lightest 17-inch Intel Core Duo–based
notebook on the market. A joy to handle as well as to use, it lends tremendous power
and breakthrough capabilities to your professional work.
• Intel Core Duo performance. MacBook Pro systems harness the power of a revolutionary Intel engine. The dual-core chip delivers the horsepower of two processors,
enabling the 17-inch MacBook Pro to execute workloads previously seen only on a
Power Mac with a dual-core PowerPC G5.
• Video conferencing to go. An iSight camera is seamlessly built into the bezel
of the 17-inch display. Joining a video conference is as easy as clicking the iChat
icon—no camera to attach, no cables to connect.1
• The portable theater. The 17-inch MacBook Pro comes equipped with Front Row
software and the Apple Remote. You can easily summon photos, music, and videos—
and control your Keynote presentations—from up close or across the room. A
portfolio powerhouse for pros, it’s the perfect way to present your work to a group.
• Brighter ideas. See your creative work in the best possible light. MacBook Pro has
a spacious 17-inch (diagonal) screen that’s 36 percent brighter than the 17-inch
PowerBook G4 display.
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• World’s most advanced operating system. Beyond the browser, mail, and other
programs that any modern operating system should include, Mac OS X Tiger sets the
standard for a whole new class of integrated applications. These include convenient
widgets with Dashboard, fast systemwide searching with Spotlight, workflow automation with Automator, and built-in RSS feed detection and display with Safari RSS.
And because Mac OS X Tiger is UNIX based, you can count on it to be very stable
and secure.
The 17-inch MacBook Pro. In a class of its own.
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Powered by a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is off to
a great start. Performance skyrockets with a 667MHz frontside bus, 667MHz DDR2
memory, and 16-lane PCI Express graphics. But that’s only part of the story. With its
built-in iSight camera and Front Row media navigation, this versatile notebook makes
on-the-go video conferencing easy and doubles as a portable theater for displaying
work to clients.1
Intel is the first microprocessor supplier to
move into high-volume production using
industry-leading 65-nanometer process
technology. By partnering with Intel, Apple
can continue to design thinner and lighter
Mac computers without compromising
on performance.
Intel Core Duo Performance
The Intel Core Duo packs two execution cores on a single silicon chip. A feat of advanced
fabrication technology, this processor includes a generous 2MB of shared L2 Smart
Cache and sophisticated Dynamic Power Coordination technology. Its superefficient
design enables awesome performance while consuming very little energy. The upshot?
It’s possible to fit dual-core horsepower into a svelte 1-inch-thin enclosure.
Next-generation performance
With two processor cores, you’ll do more and wait less: Enjoy smooth playback of a
1080p high definition movie; host a four-way iChat video conference; or render complex
3D models up to four times faster than before.2 You’ll also enjoy new levels of performance in tasks such as web browsing, word processing, and running simulations.
Seamless compatibility
The 17-inch MacBook Pro runs your favorite software, such as Microsoft Office and
Adobe Photoshop, thanks to built-in Rosetta technology.3 Rosetta translates most
PowerPC-based applications dynamically, so they run on the Intel-based MacBook
Pro. Rosetta is completely transparent and requires no configuration.
To enjoy the full punch of the Intel Core Duo, you can use Universal applications—
software that runs natively on both Intel-based and PowerPC-based Mac computers.
This includes iWork ’06, iLife ’06, Final Cut Studio 5.1, Logic Pro 7, Aperture 1.1, and
other Apple productivity, entertainment, and creative professional applications.
Because they’re Universal, they take immediate advantage of the two Intel processor
cores in MacBook Pro.
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Video on the Go
Because an iSight video camera and microphone are integrated into the 17-inch
MacBook Pro enclosure, you’re set to participate in video conferences right out of
the box—with no additional costs and no complicated configuration. Just open
iChat AV (included with Mac OS X), click the video icon for a friend or coworker, and
start your face-to-face conversation.1 With dual-core processing power, MacBook Pro
supports up to four participants. And with AirPort Extreme wireless technology built
in, you can join a video conference from just about anywhere.4
The iSight camera and microphone open up new video possibilities as well. Imagine
creating your own video podcasts using iMovie HD and publishing them to the
Internet with iWeb.5 Or consider practicing your upcoming presentation in front of
the camera using the included Photo Booth software, or recording your ideas using
iMovie. Video communications have never been so easy.
Joining a video conference is as easy as clicking the iChat icon—no camera to attach, no cables
to connect.
Portable Theater
The 17-inch MacBook Pro comes with Front Row software and the simple-to-use
Apple Remote, so you can access and control your digital media from across the room.
Ideal for running a slideshow in iPhoto, browsing a DVD, playing a song or narration
in iTunes, or showing the latest edit of your iMovie production, the Apple Remote
allows you to navigate from up to 30 feet away. A push of the Menu button takes
you to Front Row, a full-screen interface that makes it remarkably simple to find the
photos, music, or videos you want to play. You can even use the Apple Remote to
navigate a Keynote presentation.6
Access your photos, music, and videos from up close or across the room. It’s the perfect way
to present your work to a group.
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Designed for Mobility
Every detail of the 17-inch MacBook Pro has been designed for ultimate versatility and
usability. Only 1 inch thin and weighing just 6.8 pounds,7 it’s the thinnest and lightest
17-inch Intel Core Duo–based notebook computer on the market. Whether in the
office, at home, at client sites, on the road, or in the air, MacBook Pro gives you the
flexibility to work wherever your mobile life takes you.
With built-in AirPort Extreme, MacBook Pro is equipped to connect to a wireless network from almost anywhere and to share the same Internet connection with Mac and
Windows-based computers on the network.4 Integrated Bluetooth 2.0 lets you extend
your wireless capabilities even further—providing cable-free connections to Bluetooth
devices such as cell phones, PDAs, and Apple’s wireless keyboard and mouse.
High-resolution display
The 1680-by-1050 display gives you more than
1.7 million pixels for a spacious visual workspace.
Spread out your photos, work on multiple
documents side by side, or watch DVDs.
Integrated stereo speakers
and microphone
Listen to music and voice through
stereo speakers on each side of
the keyboard. Use the integrated
microphone located under the
left speaker grille for audio or
video conferences or recording
your own podcasts.
IR receiver
With an IR (infrared) receiver next to the
display release button, MacBook Pro works
with the Apple Remote for controlling your
digital content from up to 30 feet away.
Built-in iSight camera
The iSight camera supports effortless, high-quality
video conferencing using iChat AV,1 as well as fun
snapshots with Photo Booth. Or use iMovie HD and
iWeb to produce your own video podcasts.5
Illuminated keyboard
The backlit keyboard makes it
easy to type in low-light situations, such as on an airplane or
in a studio environment. Adjust
the illumination yourself or let
the ambient light sensor control
it for you.
Scrolling trackpad
Whether you’re browsing web pages or working with large
images or spreadsheets, this Apple innovation lets you scroll
quickly up, down, or across the active window—just by
dragging two fingers across the trackpad.
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Advanced digital connections
Connections are quick and easy, because Apple has placed the ports exactly where
they should be.
Right side
DVI video port
Dual-link DVI functionality enables you to connect
higher-resolution displays, such as the 30-inch Apple
Cinema HD Display. Choose video mirroring—perfect
for presentations—or extended desktop mode, for
more room to spread out your projects.
Gigabit Ethernet port
The integrated Gigabit (10/100/1000BASE-T)
Ethernet interface allows you to connect to
the Internet or a local area network.
Security lock slot
Secure a Kensington cable lock in the built-in
slot to keep your MacBook Pro safe.
USB 2.0 port
Plug in your iPod, digital camera, scanner,
or printer. For added convenience, the
17-inch MacBook Pro has USB 2.0 ports
on both sides, two on the left and one
on the right. You can choose which works
better for your device.
FireWire 400 and 800 ports
Plug high-speed peripherals such as a camcorder
or hard drive into the FireWire 400 and 800 ports.
You can also use FireWire target disk mode for
fast and easy file transfers.
Left side
MagSafe power port
The magnetic connector makes it easy to snap the DC plug into
the system securely. It also allows the power cord to break away
cleanly when there is undue tension on the cord.
Optical digital audio and analog audio
line-output port
Plug in stereo headphones or even 5.1
surround sound speaker systems.
ExpressCard/34 slot
This next-generation 34-mm card
slot provides expansion flexibility and
high bandwidth. It’s easy to add flash
memory, high definition TV tuners,
security devices, and 3G wireless cards.
Optical digital audio and analog audio
line-input port
Connect analog devices as well as stateof-the-art optical digital recording devices.
USB 2.0 ports
Plug in your iPod, digital camera, scanner, or
printer. For added convenience, the 17-inch
MacBook Pro has USB 2.0 ports on both sides,
two on the left and one on the right.
Double-layer-burning SuperDrive
The slot-loading 8x SuperDrive reads and writes
a variety of CD and DVD media, including doublelayer DVD discs that store nearly twice the
amount of images, video, or data—so you can fit
more of your work or portfolio on a single disc.
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Simple Setup
The 17-inch MacBook Pro is designed to be extremely simple to set up and put to use
right away. Just follow these three easy steps.
• Plug in the power cord.
• Plug in your Ethernet cable—or go wireless. (To use a dial-up connection, you’ll need
to purchase the Apple USB Modem.)
• Push the power button, and you’re ready to go.
Apple Setup Assistant software opens the first time MacBook Pro starts up. It prompts
you to enter the information necessary to set the computer’s time, date, and country
of use and to set up Internet access.
Setup Assistant retains the information you’ve entered, so it’s not necessary to retype
personal data. After setup is complete, you can register your new MacBook Pro with
Apple with a single click.
In addition, Setup Assistant walks you through the process of effortlessly moving
documents, user accounts, Internet settings, and applications from your existing Mac
to your MacBook Pro. The new system will be configured just like your previous one,
so you can feel right at home in no time. Upgrading has never been easier, and the
transfer is fast using FireWire.
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Intel Core Duo Processor
The Intel Core Duo is a groundbreaking processor from the world’s most advanced
chip manufacturer. As the name implies, the Core Duo packs two execution cores
on a single silicon chip, doubling the computational power in the same space as a
single-core processor.
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svelte 1-inch-thin MacBook Pro. Compared with the 17-inch PowerBook G4, MacBook
Pro runs industry-standard processor benchmarks up to five times faster.
The transistors in the 65-nanometer
process have gates measuring a mere
35 nanometers. To put that in perspective,
100 of these transistors could fit inside a
human red blood cell.
Performance benchmarks
SPEC. SPEC rate metrics recognize multiple-core
processors by running multiple copies of the
benchmark code concurrently, allowing both
cores to work in parallel. SPECfp_rate_base2000
and SPECint_rate_base2000 measure the number
of times a system can complete a suite of floatingpoint- and integer-math-based benchmarks,
respectively, over a period of time. The performance of the 17-inch MacBook Pro with the
2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor is an estimated
5.7 times faster in floating-point calculations
than the 1.67GHz 17-inch PowerBook G4 and an
estimated 5.2 times faster in integer calculations.
Cinebench. This 3D rendering benchmark based
on Cinema 4D has the ability to test the performance of multicore processors. The 2.16GHz
17-inch MacBook Pro performed the Cinebench
rendering test 3.5 times faster than the 1.67GHz
17-inch PowerBook G4.
Benchmark performance: Up to five times faster than PowerBook G4
Floating-point calculation
Integer calculation (estimate)
CPU rendering
Times faster than 17-inch PowerBook G4 with 1.67GHz PowerPC
Testing conducted by Apple in April 2006 using preproduction 17-inch MacBook Pro units with 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo; PowerBook systems were
shipping units. For the 2.16GHz MacBook Pro system, estimated SPECint_rate_base2000 score is 34.5, and estimated SPECfp_rate_base2000 score
is 27.8. See for more information. SPEC benchmarks were compiled using the IBM compiler and a beta version of the Intel compiler
for Mac OS. MacBook Pro continuously monitors system thermal and power conditions, and may adjust processor speed as needed to maintain
optimal system operation.
Dual-Core Processing
With two processor cores running at 2.16GHz, the 17-inch MacBook Pro can execute
multiple data-intensive tasks, each with dedicated processing resources, at the same
time. The advanced architecture of Mac OS X detects the Intel Core Duo as two
discrete logical processors, each with its own execution resources. This “divide and
conquer” strategy divvies up computing tasks across the two cores, so the Core Duo
can process up to twice as much work per clock cycle. The result? You’ll enjoy new
levels of performance across the board, in tasks such as web browsing, video and
audio encoding, and manipulation of large photo libraries.
Smart Cache
The Intel Core Duo is the first dual-core processor with a shared L2 cache, which weighs
in at an impressive 2MB. The separate cores use Intel Smart Cache technology to share
cached data—there’s no need to traverse the frontside bus to the system controller. In
single-threaded applications, where only one core is in use, the entire 2MB of L2 cache
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can be allocated to that core, avoiding the 1MB limitation of a dual-core processor
with separate L2 caches. Smart Cache also improves cache coherency by allowing
each core to access the same piece of stored data.
With 2MB of shared Smart Cache,
the Core Duo speeds up processing
while conserving wattage.
Digital Media Boost
Intel Digital Media Boost accelerates data manipulation by applying a single
instruction to multiple data at the same time, known as SIMD processing. SIMD
technology accelerates vector math operations and floating-point calculations,
enhancing performance of 2D and 3D design tasks, video editing, music encoding,
digital photography, scientific calculations, and the latest blockbuster games. Digital
Media Boost supports Intel Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE) versions 1, 2, and 3 to
enhance integer and floating-point performance.
Industry-Leading Power Efficiency
The Intel Core Duo represents the next generation in high-performance powerefficient microprocessors. An advanced 65-nanometer process design combines
with Smart Cache and Dynamic Power Coordination to conserve energy without
diminishing performance.
Dynamic Power Coordination technology introduces new energy-saving processor
states for fine-tuned power management. Under light load conditions, Enhanced
Speedstep technology reduces the processor clock speed to as little as 1GHz at less
than 0.8 volt. One core can work at a high performance level, utilizing the full 2MB
of L2 cache, while the other core idles independently, saving energy when only a
single core is needed.
In addition, Smart Cache boosts performance and saves energy by reducing the
number of transactions that the processor sends off the chip to main memory—
significantly improving the performance per watt of the entire system. For even
greater efficiency, Smart Cache dynamically powers down unused areas of cache
when the Core Duo enters the deepest sleep mode.
Multiple Cores and Mac OS X
Mac OS X is ideally suited to leverage the power of dual-core systems, since it was
originally designed for multiple processors. With symmetric multiprocessing, preemptive multitasking, and multithreading capabilities in Mac OS X, Core Duo–based Mac
systems deliver impressive performance right out of the box.
100 percent native
The version of Mac OS X Tiger that ships
with the 17-inch MacBook Pro runs natively
on Intel-based Mac systems. This means
Mail, Safari, Spotlight, Dashboard, Automator,
iChat AV, and all Mac OS X features will take
immediate advantage of the two Intel
processor cores in MacBook Pro.
With symmetric multiprocessing, Mac OS X dynamically distributes tasks across
multiple cores, allowing you to run a processor-intensive task in the background
while you work with another application. Mac OS X assigns each task to a different
processor core—so the tasks execute simultaneously—and balances the load
between cores. Preemptive multitasking further optimizes performance by allowing
Mac OS X to prioritize tasks on each core.
Multithreaded applications can take even greater advantage of multiple cores. A
multithreaded application can dispatch tasks among several cores at once, achieving up to twice the performance on a dual-core system as it would on a single-core
system. Because Apple has been shipping dual-processor Mac systems for more than
five years, many popular Mac applications are already multithreaded and able to take
immediate advantage of dual-core processing.
As a user, you don’t need to worry about symmetric multiprocessing or application
threading—you’ll just enjoy the enhanced performance.
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Universal Applications
Mac OS X and the Intel Core Duo processor make an outstanding platform for
productivity and creativity—providing excellent compatibility with existing
applications and for new Universal applications built to run natively on both
charts Mac computers.
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Developing for the Intel-based Mac
Apple provides a wealth of information to
developers who are creating new products
or updating existing applications to run
on both PowerPC- and Intel-based Mac
systems. Intel also provides useful resources
for Apple developers, including the Intel
C/C++ Compiler for Apple, Intel Fortran
Compiler for Apple, Intel Math Kernel
Libraries for Apple, and Intel Integrated
Performance Primitives for Apple.
For more information about development
resources, see
You’ll enjoy all the high-performance features of the Intel Core Duo when you
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use Universal applications.
Application performance: Up to four times faster than PowerBook G4
Universal professional applications
3D rendering
Logic Pro*
Reverb plug-ins
Multithreaded tests
Volume and surface render
Final Cut Pro
HDV (1080i60) rendering
Visual e∂ects rendering
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MacBook Pro continuously monitors
and power
cessor speed as needed to maintain optimal system operation. *On a 2.16GHz MacBook Pro, Logic Pro plays 4.5 times the reverb plug-ins compared to
a 1.67GHz PowerBook G4.
Universal consumer applications
Unreal Tournament 2004
Doom 3
HTML load speed (cached)
Boot Time
Cold boot to desktop
Common application tasks
Times faster than 17-inch PowerBook G4 with 1.67GHz PowerPC
Testing conducted by Apple in April 2006 using preproduction 17-inch MacBook Pro units with 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo; PowerBook systems were
shipping units. Unreal Tournament 2004 benchmark = Bridge of Fate Botmatch. Doom 3 benchmark = Timedemo Demo1. Safari HTML Load Speed
(cached) test is a subset of the i-Bench 5.0 benchmark. MacBook Pro continuously monitors system thermal and power conditions, and may adjust
processor speed as needed to maintain optimal system operation.
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Apple’s innovative iLife ’06, iWork ’06, Final Cut Studio 5.1, Logic Pro 7, and Aperture 1.1
software programs are Universal applications. In addition, leading software vendors—
including Microsoft, Quark, and Adobe—have announced plans to release their Mac
OS X products as Universal applications.
Rosetta for Seamless Compatibility
To identify Universal applications, look for
the Mac OS X Universal logo on software
packages and websites. You can also check
the growing list of Universal applications at
The version of Mac OS X that ships on Intel-based Mac systems includes an innovative
Apple translation technology. Called Rosetta, it dynamically translates PowerPC-based
Mac OS X applications, including those that require the Velocity Engine. This means
that most of the applications that you already have, such as Microsoft Office and
Adobe Photoshop, will run on the 17-inch MacBook Pro.3
Rosetta is completely transparent and requires no configuration. Just open applications as usual. If the application requires translation, Mac OS X detects it and translates
the application using Rosetta.
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Supporting the fast Intel Core Duo processor is an advanced system architecture that
includes a 667MHz frontside bus, 667MHz DDR2 memory, 16-lane PCI Express graphics
with 256MB of video memory, and a Serial ATA hard drive. This high-bandwidth platform incorporates the latest high-performance technologies without wasting power.
The results are the same, whether you’re authoring multimedia presentations, building
websites or brochures, manipulating large digital images, or creating and editing high
definition video. You’ll get fast, unfettered performance from all of your professional
applications when they run on the 17-inch MacBook Pro—both at your desk and on
the go.
Intel Core Duo processor
667MHz frontside bus
667MHz DDR2 memory
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
graphics processor
Serial ATA storage
High-performance I/O
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667MHz Frontside Bus
The MacBook Pro system architecture starts with a wide 667MHz frontside bus.
Providing high bandwidth—up to 5.4 GBps—between the Core Duo and the
rest of the system, it allows large numbers of tasks to run concurrently. This highperformance frontside bus gives the 17-inch MacBook Pro the headroom required
by today’s demanding professional applications, as well as those you can expect
in the future.
667MHz DDR2 Main Memory
Fast 667MHz DDR2 main memory ensures that the Core Duo processor is constantly
fed with data without wasting clock cycles. The 17-inch MacBook Pro comes standard
with a single SO-DIMM containing 1GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300), leaving
one slot open for future memory upgrades.
This high-speed, high-bandwidth memory architecture enables graphics, video, audio,
and other media-rich applications—including your favorite games—to run radically
faster. Large files and applications can be loaded into RAM for rapid access by the
processor, without having to access system storage.
For a performance improvement when working with large files, two easy-access slots
allow you to upgrade your MacBook Pro with up to 2GB of memory. And if both slots
are loaded with an equal amount of RAM, you can take advantage of the system’s
dual-channel memory architecture for an additional performance boost. With a dualchannel memory interface, both banks of SDRAM can be addressed at the same time,
achieving memory throughput of up to 10.7 GBps.
PCI Express
MacBook Pro systems use a modern PCI Express architecture that speeds up communication to and from attached devices. Older parallel bus architectures, like PCI, place
multiple devices on a single, one-way bus—and all the devices on the bus share the
bandwidth. As devices are added, the bandwidth available to each device is reduced,
and higher-priority transfers can be slowed by lower-priority data.
In contrast, PCI Express is a serial technology that guarantees each device dedicated
bandwidth to and from the system controller. Data can flow upstream and downstream
simultaneously. A series of point-to-point, individually clocked “lanes” eliminate contention for the bus. Each PCI Express lane is capable of a 256-MBps data rate in each
direction, for a total bandwidth of 512 MBps.
The 16-lane PCI Express graphics bus in the 17-inch MacBook Pro is capable of a
4-GBps data rate in each direction, for a total bandwidth of 8 GBps—eight times the
bandwidth of AGP 4X, the graphics implementation in the PowerBook G4. This wide
bus supports the high-performance ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics processor
with 256MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory, delivering astonishing 3D graphics and
effects for next-generation games.
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Serial ATA Hard Drive
NCQ support
Native Command Queuing (NCQ) is a new
Serial ATA feature that organizes commands
to the hard drive in the most efficient order.
This means the hard drive performs more
sequential reading and writing and spends
less time scanning the drive for the correct
piece of data. With NCQ support, the hard
drive in MacBook Pro reads and writes data
faster, while consuming less power.
Serial ATA is the industry-standard storage interface replacing the Parallel ATA interface.
Designed to keep pace with the demands of digital video creation and editing, audio
storage and playback, and other data-intensive applications, Serial ATA supports a data
rate of 150 MBps, 50 percent faster than the 100-MBps Parallel ATA standard in PowerPC
G4–based systems.
The 17-inch MacBook Pro comes with a 120GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive,8 providing plenty of room to store all of your work plus thousands of high-resolution images,
thousands of high-bit-rate audio files, and your latest media productions. For faster
access to applications and documents, you can custom-build your MacBook Pro with a
100GB 7200-rpm drive.8 Not enough? FireWire, USB, and Gigabit Ethernet ports make
it easy to plug in multiple devices—or connect to workgroup storage, such as Xserve
RAID—for virtually unlimited disk capacity.
Quantum Leap in Bandwidth
The 17-inch MacBook Pro represents a huge performance advance over Apple’s previousgeneration 17-inch notebook. Compared with the fastest PowerBook G4, the 17-inch
MacBook Pro enjoys tremendous throughput across the entire system architecture.
17-inch PowerBook G4
17-inch MacBook Pro
Frontside bus
1.3 GBps
5.4 GBps
PCI bus
132 MBps
PCI Express lane
512 MBps
DDR2 at 333MHz
2.7 GBps
DDR2 at 667MHz
10.7 GBps
1 GBps
16-lane PCI Express
8 GBps
Parallel ATA
100 MBps
Serial ATA
150 MBps
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Leading-Edge Graphics
Creative professionals have always enjoyed an outstanding visual experience on their
Mac screens. Now Apple has upped the ante in onscreen performance. Building on the
power of Mac OS X, the 17-inch MacBook Pro—with its brighter display, 16-lane PCI
Express graphics, and ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics processor—delivers leadingedge graphics capabilities.
Offering more than 1.7 million pixels and wide viewing angles, the 17-inch MacBook Pro
has no equal when it comes to visualizing data, whether it’s with everyday productivity
programs and Internet services or your favorite professional applications. The system’s
beautiful panoramic display creates a portfolio-friendly work environment that’s perfect
for designing layouts, websites, and presentations and for editing video, music, and
photographic images. To expand visual workspace at the office or to give presentations
that dazzle, just connect MacBook Pro to your choice of external displays, TVs, and
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 Graphics Processor
PCI Express–based graphics
The ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 improves
graphics performance across the board.
• Advanced Ring Bus memory controller
with 128-bit memory interface delivers
supercharged graphics performance.
• Ultrathreaded Shader engine supports
Shader Model 3.0 programmable vertex
and pixel shaders.
• High-precision floating-point operations
provide High Dynamic Range (HDR)
rendering for greater visual realism.
The combination of a 16-lane PCI Express architecture and the ATI Mobility Radeon
X1600 graphics processor brings a new level of realism to Mac notebook users. The
256MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory ensures that you’ll experience sharp video and
photos, smooth video playback, astonishing effects, and vibrant colors—as well as
incredible, texture-rich 3D performance in next-generation animation and games.
High-Resolution Display
A thing of beauty that rivals most desktop monitors, the 1680-by-1050-pixel 17-inch
MacBook Pro display is 36 percent brighter than the 17-inch PowerBook G4 display.
This increase, immediately visible, gives you a consistent viewing experience when
using dual-display mode with an Apple Cinema HD Display.
You can see onscreen work without having the computer directly in front of you,
thanks to wide viewing angles of 130 degrees horizontal and 100 degrees vertical.
With a minimum of color shift, the display can be viewed from either the side or the
top. This can be particularly helpful in small-group situations where some people
may need to view the display off-angle.
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External Display Support
Featuring a compact footprint and an elegant aluminum design, an Apple Cinema
Display is the ideal match for the 17-inch MacBook Pro. The DVI video interface transfers
pure digital signals from computer to display.
Dual-link DVI functionality effectively doubles the bandwidth of the video signal
from your notebook to an external display, increasing both speed and signal quality.
Increased transmission power combined with 256MB of dedicated graphics memory
lets you connect higher-resolution displays—such as the 30-inch Apple Cinema HD
Display (with 2560-by-1600-pixel resolution)—directly to MacBook Pro.
Video output options
In addition to the latest DVI displays, the 17-inch MacBook Pro connects to virtually any
external display you may have, thanks to the computer’s comprehensive video support.
• DVI. This port provides the highest image quality for video output. With a pure digital
connection from the graphics processor to a DVI-equipped display or projector, it
eliminates the degradation inherent in converting a digital signal to analog. Hot-plug
capability means that MacBook Pro recognizes and begins displaying content on an
external monitor as soon as it is connected to the DVI port.
• VGA. Use the included DVI to VGA adapter to connect analog monitors and projectors
or analog-based flat panels. Hot-plugging is also supported with VGA devices.
• ADC. Use the Apple DVI to ADC Adapter (sold separately) to connect Apple flat-panel
displays that have an ADC connector.
• S-video or composite video. Connect to many standard televisions, VCRs, or projectors
using the Apple DVI to Video Adapter (sold separately). This gives professors and
students the ability to present reports, projects, and even websites to an entire class
or group on a television screen. At home, you can attach your MacBook Pro to a TV
to watch DVD movies. The computer can detect the TV without the need to restart;
simply press the Command (⌘) key along with the Brightness Up (F2) function key,
and the system sends the video to the external monitor.
Switching modes
To toggle between extended desktop
and video mirroring modes, simply press
the F7 function key. Alternatively, you
can select the mode using the Displays
pane in System Preferences.
Viewing modes
The 17-inch MacBook Pro supports an external display in three modes. Each mode
can be used with any of the video output options.
• Extended desktop. Extended desktop mode lets you distribute work across two displays. This gives you more room for viewing rich content, using complex applications
with floating palettes and long timelines, or keeping many applications open at once.
• Video mirroring. Video mirroring mode outputs the same information on both displays.
So, for example, you can control a presentation from the notebook’s display while your
audience watches it on a second display or as a projected image. You can also use this
feature to face your audience during the presentation. With hardware-based mirroring
in MacBook Pro, video content such as QuickTime movies can play on an external
monitor with performance equal to that of the built-in display.
• Lid-closed operation. You can also opt to use MacBook Pro with its full video
memory applied to an external display. To activate this feature, put the computer to
sleep by closing the lid and wake it through an external keyboard, such as the Apple
Wireless Keyboard. Lid-closed operation is ideal when you want to achieve maximum
performance on a high-quality external display or to keep your workspace neat and
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Built-in iSight Camera
An iSight video camera and microphone are conveniently integrated into the
17-inch MacBook Pro enclosure, making it easier than ever to hold a video conference
with iChat AV, take snapshots in Photo Booth, or create a video podcast using iMovie
HD and iWeb.5 No costs, cables, or complicated setup procedures are required to get
started with iSight. Just open the application you want to use and you’ll be ready for
your close-up.
Video Conferencing with iChat AV
With iChat AV and the high-quality 640-by-480-pixel iSight, you can start or join a
video conference at a moment’s notice.1 Just open iChat AV, click the video icon for
the colleague you want to talk with, and start your face-to-face conversation.
You can conference with up to three other people at once in a three-dimensional
view. It feels like the other parties are right in the room with you. And because
iChat AV is a feature of Mac OS X Tiger, it works seamlessly with the built-in iSight
and Core Duo processor to bring you stunning, true-to-life picture quality and
crystal-clear conversation.
iSight camera
Starting a video conference is as easy as clicking the iChat icon and choosing your participants.
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Recording Video with iMovie HD and iWeb
Using iSight as an input source for iMovie HD, you can create quick videos complete
with titles and effects. Then with iWeb, the newest member of the iLife family, you
can effortlessly publish your movies to the Internet as video web pages, video blogs,
or video podcasts.5 You can add chapter markers and web addresses to your movies,
enabling subscribers to access their favorite parts and find more information on the
web. And since iSight is built into every MacBook Pro notebook, you don’t have to
hook up an external video camera each time you want to record a quick message.
Just open iMovie, look into iSight, click Record, and start talking.
iMovie HD makes authoring video podcasts as easy as any iMovie project.
Snapshots with Photo Booth
With iSight and the included Photo Booth software, taking snapshots is completely
effortless. Just open Photo Booth from the Dock, click the camera button, and pose
for a picture. You’ll hear the countdown, see the screen flash, and watch as your photo
instantly appears in the thumbnail viewer. Take as many photos as you want, keep the
ones you like, and delete those you don’t. Photos are saved automatically, so you can
review them right away or browse them later. When you’re done, you can send your
photos via email, add them to your iPhoto library, or choose one as your Address Book
or Buddy picture.
Add any of 16 fun and interesting effects to
your Photo Booth snapshots.
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Front Row Media
Every MacBook Pro comes with Front Row software—with its intuitive menus, large
text, and brilliant graphics—and the Apple Remote for controlling and sharing music,
photos, and videos from up close or across the room. You no longer have to be at your
computer to turn up the volume of your music performance in iTunes, move backward
or forward in your iPhoto slideshow, pause your latest DVD movie mid-scene, or skip
to the next scene of your new music video. You can even use the Apple Remote to
navigate your Keynote presentations.6 Avoiding all the fuss and clutter of external
signal receivers, the Apple Remote works with a built-in IR (infrared) receiver located
next to the MacBook Pro display release button.
Not only can you enjoy all of the digital media on MacBook Pro, but Bonjour sharing
also makes it possible to access shared iTunes music and video playlists and iPhoto
albums from other computers on your network through Front Row. And since Front
Row is integrated with Bonjour, you can view shared digital media just as if it were on
your MacBook Pro.
Front Row
Keyboard controls
In addition to using the Apple Remote, you
can control Front Row from your keyboard.
The following keys are equivalent to the
buttons on the remote:
Command-Esc: Enter Menu (launch Front Row)
Esc: Exit Menu (Menu back)
Space or Return: Select/Play/Pause
Up Arrow: Volume/Menu Up
Down Arrow: Volume/Menu Down
Left Arrow: Next/Fast-forward
Right Arrow: Previous/Rewind
The four Front Row menus allow you to manage the following digital media.
• Music. Front Row makes finding and listening to your iTunes music as simple as using
an iPod. It gives you access to all of the music, podcasts, and audiobooks in your
iTunes library—and even shows album art on the 17-inch MacBook Pro display while
your selection is playing. Use the Apple Remote to scroll through albums, artists, and
playlists, select the songs you want to hear, adjust the volume, or pause a song from
anywhere in the room. You can also access shared iTunes playlists over your network,
no matter which computer—Mac or PC—your music library is on.
• Photos. Front Row gives you access to all of your iPhoto photo albums and lets you
play a slideshow of the photos in any album you choose. When you select a photo
album, Front Row displays a preview of three images from the album so you can
decide whether to open it or choose another album. It also keeps track of the music
and transition settings of slideshows created in iPhoto. If you are listening to music
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in iTunes and decide to watch a photo slideshow that has been set up with music,
Front Row stops playing your iTunes music. Just as with your music, you can access
shared iPhoto albums on other Mac computers over your network.
• Videos. With Front Row you can easily select and play your favorite video content.
Access iTunes videos, including purchased TV shows and music videos, and video
podcasts.10 You can also watch QuickTime movies in your Movies folder as well
as movie trailers. The movie trailers menu displays the most recent trailers on the
QuickTime Movie Trailer site, complete with title, artwork, and rating. With iTunes
sharing enabled, you can even access videos on other Mac and Windows computers
over your network.
• DVDs. Front Row simplifies the DVD experience by giving you full control of all DVD
functions through the six buttons on the Apple Remote. Bringing up the main Front
Row menu while playing a DVD pauses the DVD, fades the current frame into the
background, and adds a virtual chapter marker for easy access to that spot when you
resume watching the movie. Now you can sit back and relax while you’re watching a
DVD on your MacBook Pro, instead of having to get up every time you want to pause,
fast-forward, or rewind.
Apple Remote
The Apple Remote is an IR device with just six buttons. The remote’s powerful signal
works from up to 30 feet away, and often you won’t even need to point it in the direction of your MacBook Pro. If there is more than one Mac with Front Row in the room,
you can pair each Apple Remote to a specific computer so that the signals never cross.
Using the Apple Remote
IR window
Volume/Menu Up button
Previous/Rewind button
Next/Fast-forward button
Volume/Menu Down button
Select/Play/Pause button
Menu button
Battery compartment
Actual size
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You can also use the Apple Remote to put MacBook Pro to sleep and wake it, no
matter where you are in the room. To save battery power when it’s not in use, the
remote goes to sleep automatically and then wakes up with the press of a button.
Under regular use, the battery should last up to two years. If the battery starts to run
low, you’ll know ahead of time, because a low-battery indicator appears onscreen.
Controlling Keynote presentations
Use the Apple Remote to conveniently control Keynote presentations on your MacBook
Pro.6 No need to be chained to the podium. Get up and move around, making points
forcefully as you engage classes, colleagues, and clients from anywhere in the room.
Combine this feature with an external display or projector for a knockout performance.
Press this button
In a presentation
In the slide organizer
To freeze/unfreeze
To jump to selected slide
To invoke slide organizer
To exit slide organizer
To exit
To exit presentation
To move to previous slide
To select previous slide
{ (Press and hold)
5 (Press and hold)
„ (Press and hold)
To jump to first slide
To move to next slide
To select next slide
To jump to last slide
To increase volume
To increase volume
To decrease volume
To decrease volume
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High-Performance I/O
Apple’s flagship notebook computer, the 17-inch MacBook Pro provides Gigabit
Ethernet, FireWire 800, DVI, optical digital audio, and an ExpressCard/34 slot—all the
advanced I/O capabilities that a mobile professional could hope for. Every system also
comes with a double-layer-burning SuperDrive. This slot-loading 8x-speed drive puts
state-of-the-art data archiving and media creation at your fingertips, wherever you are
and whatever type of work you’re doing, whether it’s live concert recording, genetics
research number crunching, or on-location motion picture editing.
ExpressCard/34 Slot
Replacing the PC Card bus, the next-generation ExpressCard/34 interface provides
expansion flexibility, delivering greater bandwidth in a smaller (34-mm) slot. With data
transfer rates of up to 256 MBps in each direction, the ExpressCard interface transfers
data four times faster than the PC Card interface in PowerBook G4 notebooks. Current
ExpressCard modules include flash memory adapters, external SATA II interfaces,
and additional USB or FireWire ports. EVDO wireless communications, FireWire 800
ports, and TV tuners are also expected to be available in the ExpressCard/34 format.
ExpressCard media can be ejected whether MacBook Pro is on or off. To eject when
the computer is running, simply drag the card’s icon to the Trash and push the card
gently to activate the spring.
DVI Output
The DVI port provides the highest image quality for video output. With a pure digital
connection all the way from the graphics processor to a DVI-equipped display or
projector, it eliminates the degradation inherent in converting a digital signal to
analog. Hot-plug capability allows MacBook Pro to recognize and begin displaying
content on an external monitor as soon as it is connected to the DVI port.
Gigabit Ethernet
The 17-inch MacBook Pro features Gigabit (10/100/1000BASE-T) Ethernet, automatically
switching to the speed of the connected Ethernet network. Just plug the computer
into an Ethernet network, DSL modem, or cable modem, and you can transfer files or
browse the Internet immediately.
Speaking of easy Internet connections, Mac OS X automatically finds the best way to
connect to the network wherever you take your computer. You don’t have to continually set and reset complex network options every time you move to a new location.
A feature called “multihoming” in Mac OS X determines the best connection type based
on your location, so each network interface needs to be configured only once.
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8x Double-Layer-Burning SuperDrive
Disc burning built in
You can burn a CD or data DVD directly
from the Finder. Just drag the files to the
disc and eject it. Mac OS X burns the disc
before ejecting it from the drive.
The 17-inch MacBook Pro comes standard with DVD-burning capability through the
built-in slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW), which can read and
write to a variety of DVD and CD media including DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW,
CD-R, and CD-RW discs. The 8x-speed SuperDrive enables you to burn up to 8.5GB to
one double-layer DVD+R disc, and it works with the integrated iLife applications to
give you the easiest way to create high-quality CD and DVD content. You can use iDVD
to organize your work and create a digital portfolio on DVD—or burn your movies or
images to a disc that can be played in almost any consumer DVD player.
FireWire 400 and 800
Quick and easy data transfer
Using target disk mode, it’s easy to transfer
large files between another computer and
your MacBook Pro. Turn the other computer
off and connect it to MacBook Pro with a
FireWire cable. Then turn the other computer on, holding down the “T” key until the
FireWire icon appears. As soon as the hard
drive icon for the other computer appears on
your MacBook Pro desktop, you can copy all
the files you need. When you’re done, simply
select the hard drive icon and choose Eject
from the File menu of MacBook Pro. Switch
off the other computer, then disconnect the
FireWire cable.
Ideal for professional applications demanding high-speed connections, such as
video editing and broadcast streaming, the 17-inch MacBook Pro features both a 6-pin
FireWire 400 port supporting data transfer rates up to 400 Mbps and a 9-pin FireWire
800 port with rates up to 800 Mbps.11 The FireWire 800 port also supports FireWire
400 devices using a 9-pin-to-6-pin cable (sold separately). Up to 63 FireWire devices
can be daisy-chained together from one FireWire port. These powered ports enable
connections to bus-powered devices, such as FireWire hard drives, which can run
directly from the computer’s power without the need for an external power adapter.
USB 2.0
The 17-inch MacBook Pro features three 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports that can support
up to 127 devices at the same time. You can use these industry-standard ports to
connect with plug-and-play convenience to printers, keyboards, mice, storage devices,
laboratory instruments, iPod, digital cameras, and 3G wireless solutions. Designers can
connect devices such as graphics tablets or scanners, and musicians can attach the
latest professional audio devices. Because USB 2.0 is compatible with USB 1.1, you can
continue to use older USB peripherals without the need for cable adapters.
Hear the big picture
With twice the number of speakers, larger
speaker enclosures, and increased total power,
MacBook Pro delivers double the sound and
plays more low frequencies than the 17-inch
PowerBook G4.
Delivering enviable audio performance with new and powerful stereo speakers, the
17-inch MacBook Pro gives more dimension to presentations, music, movies, simulations, and games. The integrated omnidirectional microphone (located under the
left speaker grille, above the keyboard) lets you take advantage of speech recognition
in Mac OS X or use Internet telephone applications without any additional wires or
hardware—making it easier to travel light.
MacBook Pro systems feature two standard 16-bit audio minijacks: one for line in and
optical digital input and the other for headphone out and optical digital output. The
optical digital audio ports make it easy to connect MacBook Pro to professional decks,
receivers, digital instruments, and 5.1 surround sound systems. Because optical digital audio transmits data as impulses of light rather than electrical signals, it enables
true noise-free, pristine sound—eliminating troublesome ground loops and ensuring
higher audio and signal quality.
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Unique Mobile Design
From its efficient Intel Core Duo processor to its brilliant display and integrated
wireless technologies, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is ready to work however you want
and wherever you go. Every tiny detail has been designed for ultimate usability.
Only 1 inch thin and weighing just 6.8 pounds,7 it’s the thinnest and lightest 17-inch
Intel Core Duo–based computer on the market. With more high-performance features
than ever, it’s also the ideal combination of form and function in a professional
notebook computer.
Thin, Light Aluminum Enclosure
For the perfect balance of weight, strength, and durability, Apple uses an aluminum
alloy for the MacBook Pro enclosure. Approximately one-third the weight of steel but
with a superior strength-to-weight ratio, aluminum is the material of choice in performance design, from motorcycle and bicycle frames to aircraft parts and car engines.
To create the enclosure, the aluminum alloy is cold-rolled and work-hardened for
added strength. After final forming, it undergoes a special anodizing process to harden
and protect the surface against stains, scratches, and discoloration. The result is an
enclosure that is lightweight, durable, and modern.
Further enhancing their durability, MacBook Pro notebooks feature a lightweight
internal frame for superior stiffness and shock resistance. The hard drive is rubbermounted to the frame, providing additional protection for your valuable data.
MagSafe Power Adapter
Instant On
The Instant On feature enables
MacBook Pro to wake from sleep in
less than a second, so it’s ready to
work when you are.
Each notebook computer from Apple has set new standards of excellence and placed
Apple at the forefront of design for the mobile lifestyle. Among the innovations
brought by MacBook Pro is the MagSafe Power Adapter.
The connector on the MagSafe Power Adapter guides the plug into the power port
magnetically for a quick and sure connection, making it easier than ever to charge the
system’s battery. When the connection is secure, an LED at the head of the plug lights
orange to indicate that your MacBook Pro is charging its battery or green to signal
that the battery is fully charged.
The MagSafe power connector also disconnects easily the moment there is sudden
strain—preventing the cord from tripping someone and sparing the computer from
a destructive fall. At the same time, this feature safeguards the power cord against
fraying or weakening over time.
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Illuminated Keyboard
Professionals use notebook computers everywhere these days, often in low-light
conditions where it’s difficult to see the keyboard. To help visibility, Apple equips
MacBook Pro systems with a backlit keyboard. Unlike other keyboard lighting solutions, which shine a light down onto the keys (so the light ends up on the user’s
hands), the illuminated keyboard on the 17-inch MacBook Pro is lit from the bottom.
This is particularly useful on nighttime airplane trips or in studios or lecture halls with
dimmed lighting. In these and other low-light situations, you can activate and adjust
the keyboard illumination yourself or let the computer control it with the integrated
ambient light sensor.
Ambient Light Sensor
Continuing the tradition of innovations that make Apple products easy to use and
optimized for mobility, the MacBook Pro illuminated keyboard includes a built-in
ambient light sensor. This sensor monitors surrounding light levels and adjusts the
brightness of the screen backlight and keyboard illumination accordingly.
When light levels drop, the computer lowers the brightness of the display and the
keyboard illumination comes on, so you can see the keys clearly and continue to work.
Conversely, when light levels increase, MacBook Pro increases the display brightness
and turns off the keyboard backlight.
Scrolling Trackpad
When you’re browsing web pages or working with large documents, images, or
spreadsheets, you are constantly moving around in the application window. The innovative scrolling trackpad capability on MacBook Pro systems makes navigation and
scrolling within a window fast and convenient. The 17-inch MacBook Pro ships with
this ease-of-use feature already activated. By dragging two fingers anywhere across
the trackpad, you can quickly pan up, down, or across the active window. It’s easy
to customize these settings—or, if you prefer, turn them off completely—through
System Preferences.
AirPort Extreme
Your own portable network
Carry an AirPort Express Base Station when
you travel and you can access the Internet
from anywhere in your hotel room. Just
plug the base station into a convenient
power outlet and connect it to the Ethernet
jack using an Ethernet cable. Start up your
MacBook Pro and you’re ready to surf.
AirPort Extreme wireless technology is built into every MacBook Pro, giving you instant
access to wireless networks and the freedom to connect wherever you are. Based on
the IEEE 802.11g standard, AirPort Extreme supports data rates up to 54 Mbps.4 That
means your 17-inch MacBook Pro can exchange data on an 802.11g network almost
five times as fast as on an 802.11b network. AirPort Extreme is also compatible with
Windows PCs and with the millions of Wi-Fi Certified 802.11b devices in use around
the world. So even if your environment includes Windows PCs, you’ll be able to access
your company’s wireless network, check email wherever there’s a wireless hot spot,
and do scientific or academic research around your institution’s campus.
Beyond providing wireless Internet access, Apple’s AirPort Extreme Base Station—for
use with AirPort Extreme and 802.11b and 802.11g devices—is loaded with advanced
features, such as wireless sharing of a USB printer, wireless bridging of AirPort Extreme
or AirPort Express Base Stations, and other options to increase the range of your network. It supports up to 50 simultaneous users, Mac and PC, all sharing a single Internet
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Apple’s AirPort Express Base Station allows up to 10 Mac and Windows users to
wirelessly share an Internet connection, stream their iTunes music library to a stereo
or set of powered speakers, print to a USB printer, or extend the wireless range of an
AirPort Extreme Base Station.12
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
MacBook Pro systems feature integrated Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate
(EDR) for wireless connection with Bluetooth-enabled devices—such as PDAs, mobile
phones, wireless headsets, HCRP-supported printers, and other Bluetooth-equipped
computers—without requiring a direct line of sight between devices and with a
bandwidth of up to 3 Mbps. Bluetooth was designed to connect to multiple devices
simultaneously, so you can use the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the Apple Wireless
Mouse at the same time. Every MacBook Pro comes ready to connect wirelessly to
Bluetooth-enabled peripheral devices within a radius of 30 feet.
With the included iSync software, you can easily synchronize contact information and
other data between your MacBook Pro, mobile phone, and Palm OS–based PDA. You
can also enjoy cable-free connections between your computer and your Palm handheld. Use the Bluetooth File Exchange application to transfer files between your system
and another Mac or a Windows computer. Or use a camera phone to send images to
your MacBook Pro, put them in an email, and send them instantly over the phone’s
GPRS connection.
Using the Bluetooth technology in MacBook Pro, a Bluetooth-enabled GSM/GPRS
mobile phone can even act like a cellular modem in your pocket. As mobile phones
begin to access the Internet at broadband speeds, the 3-Mbps Bluetooth capability
will give you the optimum foundation to take advantage of this greater bandwidth.
Sudden Motion Sensor
You expect your notebook computer to go where you go. The information stored on
its hard drive can range from critical business information to priceless personal files—
making protection of data on the hard drive a must-have feature. The Sudden Motion
Sensor helps to detect an accidental drop or fall by sensing accelerated movement and
a sudden change in the axis position of MacBook Pro. In the event of a drop or fall, the
Sudden Motion Sensor instantly parks the hard drive heads so they won’t scratch the
disks on impact. This lessens the risk of damage to the drive and helps increase the
chance that you will be able to retrieve your valuable data. When the Sudden Motion
Sensor detects that the computer’s position is once again level, it unlocks the hard
drive heads, and normal operation can resume.
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Bundled Software
MacBook Pro and Mac OS X Tiger team up to deliver an unsurpassed computing
experience for creative professionals. Mac OS X provides unparalleled stability and
performance. Innovations in such areas as graphics and media, user interface, networking, cross-platform interoperability, and security make it the ideal base for Apple’s
best-in-class applications including Spotlight, Dashboard, Automator, and iChat AV.
In addition, Mac OS X is the foundation for Apple’s integrated iLife applications: iPhoto,
iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand, iWeb, and iTunes. Device drivers are preinstalled, so you
can use today’s most popular USB and FireWire digital devices right away. Simply plug
in a digital camera, camcorder, or iPod, and MacBook Pro automatically recognizes it.
Mac OS X Tiger
Change the way you work, play, search, and share on a Mac. Mac OS X Tiger includes
the following:
Secure by design
Central to the design of Mac OS X is a security
strategy that emphasizes the adoption of
industry standards, open software development, rapid response measures, and a modern
security architecture—ensuring that every
Mac is safe and secure.
The keychain makes it easy to manage and
safeguard your passwords and permissions.
FileVault protects your data using strong
AES-128 encryption.
An integrated VPN client gives you secure
access to networks over the Internet.
A powerful firewall secures your network.
• Spotlight. Search and find virtually anything, anywhere on your computer as quickly
as you type. Files, images, email, contacts, calendars, and applications appear instantly.
• Dashboard. Dashboard zooms onto your desktop with the click of an icon and
disappears just as quickly. Use it to access mini-applications called widgets.
• Safari RSS. The world’s fastest web browser for the Mac, Safari features built-in RSS
support. Scan the latest news, information, and articles from thousands of websites in
one easy-to-read, searchable article list.
• Automator. Working like a robot inside your computer, this personal automation
assistant helps you streamline repetitive manual tasks without programming.
• iChat AV. In Tiger, iChat AV brings multiway video and audio conferencing to your
desktop with stunning, true-to-life pictures and crystal-clear communication.1
• QuickTime. Apple’s award-winning multimedia software includes user-friendly controls
and pristine H.264 video. Upgrade to QuickTime Pro and capture your own movies,
then share them via email or .Mac.13
• Mail. Take control of your correspondence with Mail, featuring Spotlight search
technology. Find email instantly and accurately, organize messages using Smart
Mailboxes, and share, save, or view emailed images using the slideshow feature.
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Windows compatibility
With Mac OS X Tiger, Mac systems and PCs
can easily share files, networks, and even
peripherals—including printers, scanners,
and cameras. Tiger supports the same
standards used in Windows and Microsoftspecific technologies, enabling compatibility
with Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange
mail servers.
• .Mac Sync. Now built into Mac OS X preferences, .Mac Sync makes staying up to date
simple. Sync information from your favorite applications to multiple Mac computers
and your .Mac account seamlessly.13
• VoiceOver. The spoken English interface to Mac OS X, VoiceOver provides a new way
for those with visual disabilities to access the Mac through speech, audible cues, and
keyboard navigation.
• Parental controls. Protecting kids from undesirable information as they surf the
Internet and use the computer’s mail, search, and chat features, parental controls make
Mac OS X a powerful, family-friendly operating system.
Look for more information about Mac OS X on the web at
iLife ’06
Apple’s iLife ’06 suite of digital lifestyle applications includes the best tools available
on any platform for creating, organizing, and editing digital media. They give you more
ways than ever to pursue your professional goals and enjoy the digital life. iLife now
includes iWeb, an innovative application that lets you share photos, movies, podcasts,
and blogs on the Internet in minutes using .Mac.5 And with Front Row and the Apple
Remote, you have exciting new capabilities for presenting original work to colleagues
and clients, as well as sharing personal digital creations with friends and family. From
composing music to scrolling through slideshows, iLife and the 17-inch MacBook Pro
provide the perfect platform for your creative projects.
iPhoto: Share photos in a whole new way
The easiest way to import, organize, edit, and share your digital photos, iPhoto offers
blazing-fast support for 250,000 of them. Photocasting, one-click iWeb publishing with
.Mac, and custom calendars and cards guarantee that no one will miss a single smile.14
iMovie HD: Turn video into home cinema
Give yourself the green light with iMovie HD featuring Apple-designed movie
themes. Create Hollywood-style movies using full-screen editing, new audio tools,
and real-time Core Video effects—then share them online with one-click iWeb
publishing using .Mac.5
Technology Overview
17-inch MacBook Pro
Apple and third-party software
In addition to iLife ’06, every 17-inch MacBook
Pro comes with the following software:
Apple iWork 30-Day Trial
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive
Intuit QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition
FileMaker Pro Trial
Comic Life
iDVD: Create stunning DVDs
Author and burn movies, photos, and music to widescreen DVDs. From instant
gratification with Magic iDVD to next-generation themes, iDVD makes it easy. For
your convenience, iDVD supports an array of third-party DVD burners in addition
to Apple’s SuperDrive.
GarageBand: Record your next hit show
The best way to record music on a Mac is also the best way to record podcasts.
Podcasting in GarageBand puts you in the control room of your own full-featured
radio station. And iWeb integration gets your voice on the Internet in minutes.5
iWeb: Put your life on the web
Use iWeb to create websites and blogs—complete with podcasts, photos, and
movies—and get them online fast. With the newest member of the iLife family, you
can just drag, drop, and design using your choice of web templates, then publish to
your .Mac web page.5
iTunes: The best digital jukebox for music and video
iTunes is the easiest way to discover, organize, and listen to audio on your computer.10
Manage your music or watch music videos. Catch the hottest TV shows. Create playlists
for every activity, burn them to CD, or download them to your iPod.
Technology Overview
17-inch MacBook Pro
Configurations and Options
Standard Configuration
Apple offers 17-inch MacBook Pro systems to meet the needs of a wide variety of creative professionals, including media producers, designers, copywriters, photographers,
videographers, educators, musicians, scientists, engineers, researchers, architects, and
finance and accounting consultants. The following standard configuration is available
through the Apple Store and Apple Authorized Resellers.
Order number
2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
L2 cache
2MB shared
Frontside bus
Main memory
1GB (single SO-DIMM) of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300); supports up to 2GB
Hard drive
120GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm)8
Optical drive
Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
17-inch (diagonal) TFT widescreen; 1680 by 1050 pixels
Graphics support
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI support
Video camera
Built-in iSight
ExpressCard/34 slot
FireWire 400 port, FireWire 800 port, three USB 2.0 ports
Wireless networking
Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme (802.11g)4; built-in 3-Mbps Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
DVI output, VGA output
Built-in stereo speakers, built-in microphone, optical digital input/line in, optical
digital output/headphone out
Full size; backlit with ambient light sensors
Mac OS X, Front Row, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Address Book,
QuickTime, iLife (includes iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand, iWeb, and iTunes),
iCal, Photo Booth, DVD Player, iWork 30-Day Trial, Comic Life, FileMaker Pro Trial,
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, OmniOutliner, QuickBooks for Mac New
User Edition, Xcode Development Tools, Apple Hardware Test, and more
Service and support
90 days of toll-free telephone support and one-year limited warranty
Also included
Apple Remote, DVI to VGA adapter, MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug,
power cord
Technology Overview
17-inch MacBook Pro
Configure-to-Order Options
You can order a custom-configured MacBook Pro from the Apple Store or an Apple
Authorized Reseller. Options may include additional RAM, a faster hard disk drive, additional batteries and power adapters, an AirPort Extreme or AirPort Express Base Station,
Apple flat-panel displays, external keyboards and mice, and third-party peripherals.
Apple Displays and Adapters
To extend your MacBook Pro system, you can choose from Apple’s family of all-digital,
flat-panel displays.
• Apple Cinema Display (20-inch), order number M9177LL/A
• Apple Cinema HD Display (23-inch), order number M9178LL/A
• Apple Cinema HD Display (30-inch), order number M9179LL/A
In addition, the following display adapters are available:
• Apple DVI to ADC Adapter, order number M8661LL/B (required to connect Apple
flat-panel displays that have an ADC connector)
• Apple DVI to Video Adapter, order number M9109G/A (required for S-video or
composite connections)
Other Products
These products are available to enhance your MacBook Pro system.
AppleCare Protection Plan, order number M8853LL/B
Apple USB Modem, order number MA034Z/A
85W MagSafe Power Adapter, order number MA357LL/A
17-inch MacBook Pro Rechargeable Battery, order number MA458LL/A
AirPort Express Base Station, order number M9470LL/A
AirPort Extreme Base Station with modem and antenna port, order number M8799LL/A
AirPort Extreme Base Station with Power over Ethernet support and UL 2043
conformance, order number M9397LL/A
Apple Wireless Keyboard, order number M9270LL/A
Apple Wireless Mouse, order number M9269Z/A
Mighty Mouse, order number MA086LL/A
.Mac, order number MA361Z/A
Extended Service and Support
Give yourself long-term peace of mind by extending the complimentary coverage
on your 17-inch MacBook Pro to three years from the computer’s purchase date. The
comprehensive AppleCare Protection Plan includes direct expert telephone assistance,
global repair coverage for your MacBook Pro system, web-based support resources,
and powerful diagnostic tools—all for one economical price. You can also enroll one
Apple display for coverage, provided that the MacBook Pro and display are purchased
together. For more information, visit
Technology Overview
17-inch MacBook Pro
Technical Specifications
Processor and memory
2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor
2MB on-chip shared L2 cache
667MHz frontside bus
1GB (single SO-DIMM) of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300); two SO-DIMM slots
support up to 2GB
• 120GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive; optional 100GB 7200-rpm drive8
• Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
– Maximum write speeds: 8x DVD-R and DVD+R; 4x DVD-RW and DVD+RW;
2.4x DVD+R (double layer); 24x CD-R; 16x CD-RW
– Maximum read speeds: 8x DVD-ROM (single layer); 6x DVD-ROM (double layer),
DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW; 24x CD-R
• Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless networking4 (based on 802.11g standard)
• Built-in 3-Mbps Bluetooth 2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
• Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
One FireWire 400 port at up to 400 Mbps11
One FireWire 800 port at up to 800 Mbps11
Three USB 2.0 ports at up to 480 Mbps
ExpressCard/34 slot
• 17-inch (diagonal) TFT widescreen display with support for millions of colors
• Supported resolutions: 1680 by 1050 (native), 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640,
and 800 by 500 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at
5:4 aspect ratio stretched; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio;
1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 at
3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched
Technology Overview
17-inch MacBook Pro
Video and graphics support
• ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and
dual-link DVI support
• Extended desktop and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution
on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at
millions of colors15
• DVI output port
• VGA output using included DVI to VGA adapter
• Built-in iSight VGA video camera with 640-by-480-pixel resolution
Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack)
Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack)
Built-in stereo speakers
Internal omnidirectional microphone (located under left speaker grille)
Battery and power
• 68-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery with integrated charge indicator LEDs
• 85W MagSafe Power Adapter with cable management system
• MagSafe power adapter port
• Kensington cable lock slot
• Built-in full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys,
4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement), and embedded numeric keypad
• Illuminated fiber-optic backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor for automatic
adjustment of keyboard illumination and screen brightness
• Solid-state scrolling trackpad for precise cursor control; supports two-finger scrolling,
tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities
• Apple Remote
Electrical and environmental requirements
Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
Line voltage: 100V AC or 240V AC
Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
DC input: 18.5 Vdc, 4.6A maximum
Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
Storage temperature: –13° to 113° F (–24° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet
Size and weight
Height: 1.0 inch (2.59 cm)
Width: 15.4 inches (39.2 cm)
Depth: 10.4 inches (26.5 cm)
Weight: 6.8 pounds (3.1 kg) with battery and optical drive installed7
Technology Overview
17-inch MacBook Pro
For More Information
For more information about MacBook Pro,
To find out more about Mac OS X, visit
Internet access requires a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply. Product includes electronic documentation.
Backup copy of software is included. 1Video conferencing requires broadband Internet connection; fees may apply. 2Based on
application performance testing conducted by Apple in April 2006. See for more information.
3See for information on Rosetta-supported Apple software. Contact the manufacturer directly regarding
third-party software. Rosetta does not translate Classic Macintosh applications or enable MacBook Pro to run applications written
only for Microsoft Windows. 4Wireless Internet access requires a base station or other wireless access point and Internet access;
fees may apply. Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort. Range may vary with site conditions. Achieving data rates of
up to 54 Mbps requires that all users have an AirPort Extreme– or 802.11g-enabled computer and connect to an AirPort Extreme
or AirPort Express Base Station or other 802.11g access point. Actual speeds will vary based on range, connection rate, site conditions, size of network, and other factors. Wireless printing over USB requires Mac OS X v10.2.7 or later and a compatible printer.
5iWeb requires Internet and web server access; .Mac recommended. The .Mac service is available to persons age 13 and older.
Annual membership fee and Internet access required. Terms and conditions apply. 6Keynote is available as part of iWork ’06 (sold
separately). 7Actual weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process. 81GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity
less. 9May require adapter, sold separately. 10iTunes is for legal or rightholder-authorized copying only. The iTunes Music Store is
available only to persons age 13 and older in the U.S. and many other countries. Requires Internet access. Terms apply. 11Actual
rates will vary. 12AirPort Express requires an 802.11b- or 802.11g-enabled computer and Mac OS X, Windows XP, or Windows 2000.
Wireless printing over USB requires Mac OS X v10.2.7 or later and a compatible printer. Streaming music requires iTunes 4.6 or later.
13The .Mac service is available to persons age 13 and older. Annual membership fee and Internet access required. Terms and conditions apply. 14Photocast publishing requires .Mac. The .Mac service is available to persons age 13 and older. Annual membership fee
and Internet access required. Terms and conditions apply. iPhoto print services are available in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and select
European countries. Requires Internet access; fees and terms apply. 15Some third-party DVI displays may not support all resolutions.
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Xcode, and Xserve are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. AirPort Express, Aperture,
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SuperDrive, and Tiger are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. AppleCare, Apple Store, and iTunes Music Store are service marks of
Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. .Mac is a service mark of Apple Computer, Inc. ENERGY STAR is a
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trademarks of Intel Corp. in the U.S. and other countries. PowerPC is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation,
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