Apple (AAPL) on Wednesday revealed a surprise update to its laptop lineup. The company announced that its Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro line has received a minor spec update and, more importantly, the laptops’ starting prices have been slashed. Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro now starts at $1,499 with 128GB of storage and $1,699 for the 256GB model with a new 2.6 GHz processor. The entry-level 15-inch model now includes a faster 2.4 GHz quad-core processor and the high-end model now has a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB of RAM. Apple also cut the base price of its MacBook Air with a 256GB SSD to $1,399. Apple’s full press release follows below. More →
Apple (AAPL) is reportedly submitting quotation requests to supply chain companies in Taiwan for components related to upcoming refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers. Digitimes cites unnamed supply chain sources in its report, and claims the new refreshed models will not see any major design changes compared to Apple’s current laptop lineup. Will they be as “disappointing” as the iPhone 4S? Digitimes notes that combined global shipments of Apple’s MacBook lineup are expected to reach 17 million units, but sell-through may be less impressive. Apple sold 12.88 million notebook PCs in 2011 and 9.78 million laptops through the first three quarters this year.
Apple (AAPL) famously introduced the world’s first Retina notebook a couple months back, but notably missing was it’s smaller 13-inch brother. Introduced yesterday at the company’s Fall event which also saw the introduction of the iPad mini, brand new iPad, iMac, and Mac mini, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is already shipping to customers and available at some Apple retail locations. As much as I wanted to love the 15-inch version, coming from a 13-inch MacBook Air proved too difficult. The new 13-inch is a beautiful compromise, and only weighs half a pound more than the MacBook Air. The notebooks design is identical to the larger computer, so this makes two options for the best laptop Apple has ever made depending on your screen size preference. I don’t think it’s long before we see the MacBook Air simply turn into the MacBook, with the Retina MacBook Pro obviously just being MacBook Pro. Since I never reviewed the 15-inch laptop, I’m going to review the 13-inch, and I’m excited. More →
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 →