Oct. 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM ET
If rumors are to be believed, Apple will announce a smaller version of the iPad — potentially dubbed the "iPad Mini" — on Oct. 23. But that's not all the Cupertino-based company will show off at the end of the month, one report suggests. A 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro with Retina display may be on its way.
According to 9to5 Mac's Mark Gurman, this detail comes via a "consistently reliable source at a high-profile U.S. retailer." This source reportedly explains that the new 13-inch MacBookPro with Retina display will be "sold in two configurations, with differing processors and storage, and will be available for purchase soon after introduction."
As with the 15-inch MacBook Pro models, Apple will continue offering both a Retina display version of the 13-inch laptop alongside the regular non-Retina display models.
Gurman's source isn't the only one suggesting that a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is coming soon, of course. According to CNET's Brooke Crothers, DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim has been making the same claim for a while. He speculated that the new laptop will be a 13.3-inch device and have a 2,560 x 1,600 pixel display, which would make it comparable with the 15.4-inch model (with a 2,880 x 1,800 pixel display) which was unveiled in June (see video below).
No word regarding pricing, but Shim suggests that the new laptops will likely be priced a bit more affordably than their larger siblings.
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