13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display – Coming in October


New MacBook Pro

KGI analyst Ming-chi Kuo shared in a note with AppleInsider yesterday, saying that Apple will bring in a next-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro this fall. He expects the company to ramp up its production this September, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Prior to this, Kuo revealed that the MacBook Pro maker will ax its 17-inch model, while the new 15-inch unit will be available together with its beefed up predecessor. As AMOG reported last April, the analyst predicted that Apple is likely to discontinue the production of the 17-inch MacBook Pro due to failing shipment. His claims were confirmed at this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California.

Although the company has the “highest hopes” for a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, Apple was not able to present it during the WWDC because of the low yield rate and assembly difficulty.

Expected Features

Just like its 15-inch counterpart, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is expected to ditch the optical disc drive to make it slimmer and lighter. Instead, the notebook will rely on a flash memory-based solid state drive.

Kuo expects that it will feature 2560 x 1600-pixel display, and that it will be slightly thinner than the 15-inch model by 18 millimeters. It is also slated to feature Intel Ivy Bridge processor with a clock speed of over 2 GHz, as well as the Intel HD 4000 graphics.

On the other hand, Apple’s 15-inch next-generation MacBook Pro has an impressive 2880 x 1880-pixel monitor. Its deep black and reduced glare makes it 75 percent less reflective than the glossy displays featured on existing models.

It also has a new MagSafe 2 power connector that looks similar to its predecessor, although there were reports that it had an internal redesign. Moreover, the notebook has a unibody chassis with high-density batteries; USB 3.0 dedicated HDMI-out port, Thunderbolt port that was already available on previous units, and SD card reader.

The company also updated its native OS X apps to take advantage of the Retina Display. This includes Mail, Safari, iMovie, iPhoto, Aperture and Final Cut Pro. All of these are packed in a 0.71-inch notebook that runs on Intel Ivy Bridge quad-core i7 processor.

Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will cost for as low as $2,199. In relation to this, Kuo remarked that the company will release a “moderate” amount of about 300,000 units, which will be available for purchase this month.

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