The fifth generation Apple Macbook Pro was announced and released on October 14, 2008. New to the Macbook Pro line, over the 4th generation, is the inclusion of a multi-touch glass trackpad (no mouse button) with new gestures for app switching, Macbook Air aluminum stylings, and a glossy screen similar to the last iMac computers. The Macbook Pro has been slimmed down slightly, no coming in at 0.95 inches thick, but is now slightly heavier at 5.5 lbs. The Macbook Pro has a new internal structured, rumoured to be called "brick", that includes room for NVIDIA's 9400M GPU + chipset and a supplemental 9600M GPU. There are three Macbook Pro options available: 1) 15.4" LED, 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR3 RAM, bot GPUs for $1999, 2) same as option 1, but upgrades to 4 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB hard drive for $2499, and 3) a 17" LCD with a 2.6 GHz CPU starting at $2799. See details for information about the 2009 update to this model.
Updated in early 2009 at MacWorld, the 17" model was updated to a unibody build. The standard build now includes: 17" LED-backlit 1920x1200 LCD, 320GB 5400RPM SATA drive, and 4GB of DDR3. Excitingly, the build remains at the $2799 price point - and while the battery is now non-removable, it is rated for an amazing 7-8 hours depending on which GPU is in use.