Soon after Apple’s announcement of the 15-inch new MacBook Pro 2012 with Retina display, rumors predict a potential 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. As per rumors, Apple is set to launch a 13-inch version of MacBook Pro with Retina Display by October this year. The company has just unveiled the new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro at the Worldwide Developer Conference 2012. There is no confirmed report from Apple regarding the speculated 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction
Talking to AppleInsider, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that he expected Apple would ramp up the production of a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display for the third quarter of the year. Production of the laptop would start in September and the devices would hit stores in time for the annual holiday season. As per Kuo, the 13-inch MacBook Pro would skip an optical disc drive and depend only on SSD flash memory similar to the newly announced 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.
AppleInsider says “Kudo was the first to indicate that Apple would retire its 17-inch MacBook Pro, and that the 15-inch next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display would be sold alongside the previous-generation MacBook Pro with lower-resolution display and thicker design.” Well, both the predictions came true as Apple announced its plan to launch a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro and discontinue the larger version of the laptop at WWDC 2012.
Like the 15-inch MacBook Pro, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will feature Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics. The device is further expected to sport an Intel Ivy Bridge processor with a clock speed better than 2GHz. The device would be further slimmer and lighter than its 15-inch counterpart. As a whole, the device would be a high performing MacBook Air-like laptop for high end requirements of users.
Richard Shim and Jeff Lin’s predictions
In the meanwhile, the DisplaySearch analysts Richard Shim and Jeff Lin have also indicated the chance for a 13.3-inch 2560 by 1600 resolution MacBook Pro. According to the researchers, display panels for the device were being prepared for manufacturing in September. “ODM supply chain sources indicate that Apple will use this panel in a MacBook Pro unit to be launched in the fourth quarter. Production volume is expected to be roughly twice that of the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro. Like the 15.4-inch upgrade, this would be a doubling of the existing pixel density 13.3-inch MacBook Pro format of 1280 x 800,” the analysts say.
The researchers conclude that Apple is working toward more high resolution devices. After introducing the Retina Display on iPhone 4, the company brought it on iPhone 4S, iPad and the 15-inch MacBook Pro. At the WWDC 2012, the Cupertino tech giant said nothing about the 13-inch MacBook Pro; meanwhile it mentioned that the 17-inch version may no longer be there. Hence, it is quite sensible to think that Apple may churn out a 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Retina Display. Thus, the company could abridge the gap between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro further more.
Most probably, the new MacBook Pro 13 would come with Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor, increased SSD, more RAM, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt port like its 15-inch version. Needless to mention, the laptop would possibly be smaller and thinner. Hence, users will be lucky enough to carry around the device in their bag with no burden at all. The high resolution display will be the most outstanding feature with the new MacBook Pro. But, we have no confirmed news about the rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro from Apple, which keeps up a tight-lip policy over its new products.