Analyst Reports 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro Still Expected to Launch in 2012
According to research firm NPD DisplaySearch, Apple will be launching its second Retina display MacBook Pro offering (the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display) later this year. The current production leads analysts to believe that the 13-inch Retina display packing MacBook Pro is on schedule for some time in the fourth quarter. Analyst Richard Shim confirmed that the portable would be packing a screen resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels which is expectantly lower than the 15-inch model’s 2,880 by 1,800 pixel screen.
Shim also told CNET
that the unit will be priced anywhere between the current top-end 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and a high-tier 13-inch non-Retina model. The final cost is still currently up in the air though as the product is a new entry to the lineup of Apple’s laptops. Shim is currently speculating that the debut of the 13-inch MacBook Pro will come after the iPad Mini announcement, which is rumored to be coming up later in October.
We previously reported
that suppliers were shipping 13-inch Retina displays along with new iMacs. The production numbers of the unannounced MacBook were supposedly much higher than the 15-inch model and if true, then we’re likely to see an influx of orders with hopefully an overall decrease of stock shortages similar to the ones seen with the release of the 15-inch Retina display model. We’ll find out soon enough as the October Apple event should be around the corner.