Analysts expect Apple to launch 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in October

By on June 18, 2012, 2:00 PM

It’s been less than one week since Apple unveiled the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display but rumors of “what’s next” are already swirling. The latest talk of the town suggests that Apple will be launching a 13-inch model sometime in October, perhaps around the same time as the new iPhone.

News of the smaller Retina display MacBook Pro comes from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI that has a good track record with regards to Mac-related rumors. In the note shared with AppleInsider, the analyst said he expects Apple to increase production of a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display in September.

But Kuo isn’t the only one anticipating a smaller Retina display MacBook Pro later this year. Richard Shim and Jeff Lin with NPD DisplaySearch recently published a blog post where they claim a 13.-inch 2,560 x 1,600 resolution panel is in the works for a MacBook Pro to be launched in the fourth quarter. They say that production volume on the smaller panel is expected to be twice that of the 15.4-inch variety. Unit production on the 15.4-inch panels is expected to be less than 2 million for the 2012 calendar year.

This would give Cupertino enough time to get units ready for an early October launch which, among other things, is just in time for the holiday buying season. We also have to assume that the smaller notebook would come with a price cut, making the system more affordable to the masses.

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davislane1 davislane1 said:

The price cut in a smaller model may have enticed me prior to these things hitting the shelves, but Apple has lost me for the moment with the Retina MBPs. The screen and profile are nice, but currently at the expense of all forms of practicality (RAM soldered to the board, fused screen assembly, etc.). Looks like it's going to be quite the waiting game.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

I would love a 13" mbp with retina. I have a 13" mid 2009 mbp now, it replaced a 15" "hi-res" (1440x960) Powerbook G4. I am really missing those extra pixels. There needs to be some PC competition, because I can't afford to pay $1700+ for a laptop right now.

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