Launching Next Week: The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Aside from the rumored iPad Mini, there were allegations that Apple will unveil its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display at a media event next week. Sources familiar with the company’s plans informed John Paczkowski of All Things D that they will take the wraps off their new MacBook Pro on a media event, which will take place on October 23.

In relation to this, there were reports that the device will feature “the same thin chassis, all-flash storage, and a 2560×1600-pixel density display.”

MacBook Pros with Retina Display and More Upcoming Products

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Last June, Apple released a redesigned 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It takes many cues from the well-known MacBook Air lineup like the flash-only storage, as well as the lack of an optical disc drive.

It was reported that the redesigned laptop will land on stores first because of apparent issues with its 13-inch counterpart. In fact, the company was not able to introduce its upcoming notebook at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference due to low-yield rate and greater assembly difficulty.

Additionally, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said in July that Apple would launch a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, along with a redesigned iMac this fall.

Images showing the internal components of a new all-in-one notebook surfaced last weekend, suggesting that the device will undergo imminent refresh. Aside from that, Apple’s Mac mini is also having constrained suppliers at third-party resellers. This could be a sign that the company will prep up the device.

Pricing and Availability

The price for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro remains unknown. However, the existing 13-inch model costs as low as $1,199. The redesigned 13-inch notebook is also expected to lack an optical disc drive in favor of solid-state flash memory storage, and it will be also thinner than the 15-inch MacBook Pro by 18 mm. It will feature a 2560×1600-pixel screen resolution, although it will rely on Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics.

For those who still need a disc drive or additional storage provided by a traditional hard drive, the legacy 15-inch MacBook Pro is still available for $1,799. On the other hand, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display costs $2,199.

Rumored Apple Event

In relation to this, it is expected that Apple will hold a special event on Tuesday, October 23 to unveil the so-called iPad Mini. Invitations for the event should arrive anytime now, as the Cupertino-based company usually gives a week’s notice prior to the event.

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