Next up for Apple's Retina Display: 13.3-inch MacBook Pro

Next up for Apple's Retina Display: 13.3-inch MacBook Pro

Summary: A research analyst predicts that Apple could be preparing a Retina Display version of a new 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, which would launch in the fall before the holiday shopping season.


Now that the laptop world has been set ablaze by the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, what's next for the pixel-packing screen technology? According to a KGI research analyst, Apple could be preparing a version for a new 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, which would launch in the fall before the holiday shopping season.

The analyst told AppleInsider that this new MacBookPro would have a resolution of 2,560x1,600 pixels, lose the optical drive and hard disk in lieu of solid state storage, and be slightly thinner than its 15-inch sibling. This is the same analyst who correctly predicted that the 2,880x1,800 MacBook Pro would be announced at last week's WWDC and that the 17-inch MacBook Pro would be dropped from the Apple roster, so there is some credibility behind the prognostication.

The KGI analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, said that Apple wanted to debut the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display at the same time as the 15-inch model, but that the yield for the new model was too low. He predicts that the smaller version would eschew the discrete graphics of the 15-inch notebook, leaning instead on the integrated HD 4000 graphics of Intel's Ivy Bridge processors.

The smaller screen size and lack of discrete graphics card would probably cut the price of the 13-inch version, possibly getting under the magic $2,000 price point. Considering that Kuo says that Apple will only have a "moderate" amount of 300,000 new 15-inch MacBook Pros available this month, a smaller, less expensive version could help juice overall sales for the new machines.

Would you be more likely to buy a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display instead of the 15-inch version available now? Let us know in the Comments section below.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • Apple Moving Forward.

    I enjoyed this article and it shows that Apple needs to focus its attention in various sectors as not to lose ground in an ever changing world as indicated here:
  • The disposable laptop

    The increased resolution means Apple will take further advantage of its disposable laptop reputation.

    Thus it will be an advanced glue job meaning when it goes wrong it is an expensive swap out for you in future. The hot running retina display also guarantees that in that Apple will make more sacrifices to save a few grams in weight.

    You can already see this happening with tablets and its large supply of Refurbished tablets.
  • The only time you refurbish a tablet is when it is dropped!

    Lucky for your debatable thesis, albionstreet, Apple has invested in maximizing it's recycling efforts by choosing the most efficient materials which can be economically recycled.
  • Waiting on the 13-inch model

    I'm waiting on the 13 inch model MacBook Pro.. I've been waiting since my birthday last December for the newest MacBook. I want something that will fit into my purse but won't weigh me down. I love Apple products and am looking forward to having the 13 inch retina model.
  • Comparison 15" retina vs smaller retina

    I have used the Macbook Air (multiple models) for a good while. I just spent a month with the 15" Macbook Retina. Here are the results: 1) reduced thickness is excellent, a key factor; 2) retina is excellent, although it didn't knock me off my chair; 3) I do a lot with spreadsheets, so the MacBook Air resolution isn't quite enough when I have 3-4 hours of spreadsheet visual report development to do; 4) the speed (coming out of sleep, starting apps, installing updates) is a clear improvement vs. the MB Air 2. Again, didn't knock me off the chair, but it's clearly a step change.

    My conclusion: I returned the Macbook Retina 15" for a full refund (BestBuy), and will get the 13.3" retina as soon as it is released. Its resolution will get me more spreadsheet on the screen; will be even more (slightly) thin than the 15" retina.

    October anticipated delivery of the 13.3's.