As the dust is beginning to settle after Apple made some serious announcements today at their keynote kicking off WWDC 2012, it seems that a handful of other interesting developments have surfaced that Apple did not announce.
First off, it seems that Apple has quietly discontinued the 17-inch MacBook Pro. Apple’s page dedicated to the MacBook Pro makes no mention of the 17-inch model, but prominently boasts the new 15.4-inch Retina model (which looks awesome). It seems after nearly ten years of 17-inch notebooks, Apple is finally retiring the model.
Next is the fact that the Mac Pro only saw a minor processor bump, and still does not come equipped with Thunderbolt. The least-expensive model now offers 6GB of RAM. It seems that Apple isn’t paying much attention to the Mac Pro line, and when Apple doesn’t pay something any attention, it can’t be long for the world. There simply wasn’t a better time to introduce a new kickass Mac Pro update than WWDC, in front of professional customers.
Apple also released a completely redesigned AirPort Express wireless base station. The new model has take many design cues from the Apple TV set-top box. Plus the new Express offers simultaneous dual-band 802.11n connectivity for better performance. The price is still set at just $99.
Apple has introduced a new case for the iPad 2 and new iPad called the Smart Case. This new case functions much the same way that the Smart Cover does, while also offering protection for the iPad’s back as well. The new Smart Case comes in Red, Light Gray, Dark Gray, Blue, Green and Pink. is constructed of polyurethane, and costs $49.
Lastly, and right on schedule, Apple has kicked off their Back-To-School program for 2012. This year school faculty and students will be offered discounts on hardware and be given a $50 gift card that can be used on any of Apple’s digital media stores.