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Apple Refreshes 17-Inch MacBook Pro

The company's largest laptop is gaining an eight-hour battery, a faster Intel processor, and better graphics capabilities.

Apple 17-Inch MacBook Pro

Apple 17-Inch MacBook Pro
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The latest MacBook Pro is also available with up to 8 GB of memory, a 320-GB hard drive, three USB 2.0 ports, and one FireWire 800 port. The system, which is scheduled to be available in late January, sells for a starting price of $2,799. For an additional $169, buyers can get the latest versions of iLife and iWork, Apple's lifestyle and office productivity applications, respectively.

Before unveiling the new MacBook Pro, Schiller introduced the new versions of iLife and iWork, which are each available as upgrades for $79 each.

The most innovative feature in iLife '09, which ships at the end of January, is in the iPhoto component. Apple has added face-recognition technology to enable users to organize and find photos based on the faces of subjects. In addition, the software is able to read the geo tags placed in photos by global positioning systems in the latest digital cameras and Apple's iPhone 3G.

By reading the data, the software can organize and locate photos based on where they were taken. In addition, the software uses Google's mapping application to place pins of the locations on a world map, which can be zoomed in to particular areas.

With iWork '09, Apple has launched an online service called iWork.com that enables people to collaborate on documents and presentations created in the desktop software. The service, which launched in beta Tuesday along with the latest version of iWork, enables a user to upload content and then have others access the material through a Web browser. People can share notes and comments online.

As a collaboration service, iWork.com is an Apple-centric version of similar services available from Google and other Internet companies. But while those services are mostly free, Apple eventually plans to charge for the use of iWork.com. The beta version, however, will be available at no charge.

Apple has added face recognition technology to enable users to organize and find photos based on the faces of subjects. In addition, the software is able to read the geo tags placed in photos by global positioning systems in the latest digital cameras and Apple's iPhone 3G.

By reading the data, the software can organize and locate photos based on where they were taken. In addition, the software uses Google's mapping application to place pins of the locations on a world map, which can be zoomed in to particular areas.