Apple’s (AAPL) senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller announced on Tuesday the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The new notebook is 20% thinner and weighs a little over 3.5-pounds. It’s the lightest MBP ever. Schiller said the new 13-inch Retina MBP has richer color, deeper blacks, 29% higher contrast ratio, 75% reduced reflection, IPS for 178-degree viewing angles and 300 nits brightness.
Along with the iPad mini, Apple (AAPL) will also announce a brand-new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. 9to5Mac got its hands on the smaller MacBook’s specs and they pack quite the punch. The website says the 13-inch Retina MBP will come in three configurations: 2.5GHz with 128GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, 2.5GHz with 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM and 2.9GHz with 512GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. All three models should be available for preorder after Apple’s big announcement. The new 13-inch MBP is rumored to start at $1,699 and will reportedly have a 2560 x 1600 resolution display, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, SD card reader and an HDMI port.
Rumor has it Apple (AAPL) will announce a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display at its October 23rd iPad mini event. There have been leaks about its battery sporting an “unprecedented” design and not having a discrete GPU, but nothing has been said about its pricing. 9to5Mac has now delivered the goods with claims that Apple might sell the 13-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro for $1,699 with a high-end model at $2,099, both under the $2,199 starting price for a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The new Apple notebook is expected to have a 2560 x 1600 resolution display and all of the ports that are available on the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, including a pair of USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, SD card reader and an HDMI port.
Apple’s (AAPL) 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is coming and some alleged photos of the laptop’s smaller display have leaked, courtesy of Chinese website WeiPhone. According to WeiPhone, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display will have a design that’s very similar to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the same thermal design Apple touted at WWDC. The leak shows one contact pad suggesting that once again, the 13-inch model won’t have its own discrete graphics chip and will likely be stuck with Intel’s (INTC) HD Integrated graphics.
Apple (AAPL) fans could get an added treat during the company’s iPad mini launch event this month. A “consistently reliable source at a high-profile U.S. retailer” has told 9to5Mac that alongside the iPad mini, Apple will also launch the 13-inch version of its MacBook Pro that comes equipped with its powerful Retina display that features a pixel density of 220 pixels-per-inch. We’ve known about Apple’s plans to offer a 13-inch version of the Retina-equipped MacBook Pro for a while now, although this is the first time we’ve heard that it will be ready for launch by the end of October.
UPDATE: AllThingsD has confirmed 9to5Mac’s report and says that Apple “plans to unveil a smaller version of its MacBook Pro with Retina Display” at its iPad mini event.
Apple (AAPL) might have to delay the launch of its rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display due to low yield rates for the high-resolution displays, according to DigiTimes. The website reports that Apple had originally planned a September release for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, but had to delay it to October because of difficulties in producing the Retina display (rumored to have a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution). Just last week, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim reaffirmed his belief that Apple is still on track to release the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro by the end of Q4 with a price below $2,199. It’s unclear if Apple’s display suppliers will be able to meet the company’s strict quality-control standards for the holiday season. More →
With all eyes turned on Apple (AAPL), the iPhone 5 and the imminent iPad mini unveiling, it’s easy to forget that the company also makes the best-selling notebook computer models in the world. With some models beginning to show their age, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim reiterated his belief that Apple will release a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display this quarter. Shim previously noted that Samsung (005930), LG Display (LPL) and Sharp (SHCAY) had already begun production on a display with a 2,560 x 1,600-pixel resolution to fit Apple’s notebook. Shim tells CNET once again that he strongly believes Apple is still on track to deliver the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display by end of the fourth quarter with a price below $2,199. The only leak supporting Shim’s claim that Apple was testing a 13-inch Pro model with Retina display came from this past July, and those leaked benchmark test results suggest the notebook might have a 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7-3520M processor. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) manufacturing partners have reportedly begun mass shipping new iMac All-in-One desktop models as well as new 13-inch MacBook Pro notebooks equipped with Retina displays into distribution channels. Citing unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain, Digitimes on Monday reported that the new computers will likely become available either in September or October to target back-to-school demand. The news comes just after a recent report claiming Apple is preparing to launch a new iMac lineup imminently. Digitimes claims that display panel supply constraints will prevent Apple from launching a new high-end iMac in the coming weeks, but the company still plans to introduce new entry-level and mid-range models. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) supply partners have reportedly begun production on Retina displays for its 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, according to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim. “The supply chain indications are that it’s for a MacBook Pro 13.3 — not a MacBook Air,” Shim said to CNET, adding that the displays are being made by Samsung (005930), LG Display (LPL) and Sharp (SHCAY). All three manufacturers are expected to initially produce a substantially larger number of displays than they did for the current 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Production for 13.3-inch Retina displays is believed to have begun in the third quarter and the panels are expected to debut this fall in 13-inch MacBook Pro computers.
As though Apple (AAPL) wasn’t busy enough with the upcoming launches of its sixth-generation iPhone and the iPad mini this fall, the company is apparently preparing to launch the 13-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro and an updated version of its iMac computers this fall as well. MacRumors reports that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a new note Tuesday restating his projection that Apple will release both computers in the September-October timeframe, although he said that their impact will be somewhat limited due to the concurrent releases of the new iPhone and iPad mini. “Consumers’ budgets will transfer to new iOS products after Apple launches them, which suggests that overall MacBook shipments will not grow meaningfully on the 13” Retina MacBook Pro,” wrote Ming-Chi, who also said that supplies of the 13-inch Pro would be “limited due to panel and assembly yield rate issues.” More →
After launching alongside a wave of positive reviews last month, Apple’s Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro has been in high demand. After its announcement on June 11th, shipping estimates quickly slipped to 2-3 weeks and within 24-hours dropped to 3-4 weeks, where they have remained until now. For the first time since its launch, shipping estimates for the MacBook Pro with Retina display have improved to 2-3 weeks throughout Asia, Europe and North America. Apple’s latest high-end computer features a 15.4-inch display with an industry-leading 2800 x 1800-pixel resolution, or roughly 220 pixels-per-inch. The computer is a mere 0.7 inches thin and weighs less than 4.5 pounds. The Retina MacBook Pro is powered by an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, up to 16GB of memory and 768GB of Flash storage. It has been rumored that Apple will debut a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display this fall. More →
Early adopters of Mac products, prepare to get the shaft. Per Ars Technica, Apple has released system requirements for machines eligible OS X Mountain Lion upgrades and has revealed that pre-2007 iMacs, pre-2008 Mac Pros, MacBook Airs released in the first half of 2008 and MacBook Pros released before mid-2007 haven’t made the cut. More →
Apple may have a pre-October surprise in mind as Digitimes reports that it’s trying to ramp up production of the 13-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro for a release sometime in September. Unnamed supply chain sources tell Digitimes that previous rumors about Apple delaying its production of the 13-inch Pro are incorrect and that the computer may “have a chance to launch before October to catch up with the back-to-school season.” As MacRumors points out, this report is largely in line with the predictions of KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who correctly predicted that the 15-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro would launch at WWDC last month and who now says the 13-inch version will launch in October.
UPDATE: MacRumors has also found a benchmark for what appears to be the 13-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro. The machine listed on the benchmark features a 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7-3520M processor and runs Build 12A2056 of OS X Mountain Lion. More →