13in Retina MacBook Pro to arrive before October

Macworld Australia Staff
11 July, 2012
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Apple is set to launch a 13in MacBook Pro with Retina display ‘before October’ according to reports from supply sources and emphasised by a Geekbench 2 benchmark submitted last month.

Digitimes reports that “sources from upstream suppliers” claim production of the 13in MacBook Pro with Retina display is on schedule, with a launch expected before October.

“Sources pointed out that Apple has demanded its upstream partners start supplying components for the 13in model in the third quarter and they have not yet heard anything about changing of schedule,” Digitimes said. “As for when the product will launch, the sources believe the new MacBook Pro will have a chance to launch before October.

“Apple also did not reduce its shipment forecast for 2012 and is still expecting its notebook shipments to grow 30 percent on year, the sources pointed out.”

In other reports, a benchmark filed under ‘MacBookPro10,2’ is rumoured to represent the rumoured 13in Retina-equipped MacBook Pro.

“The new non-Retina 13in MacBook Pro carries the model identifier ‘MacBookPro9,2’, while the 15in non-Retina model is ‘MacBookPro9,1’ and the corresponding Retina model is ‘MacBookPro10,1’,” MacRumors said in its report.

According to the benchmark, the MacBook Pro will include a 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, the same as the non-Retina-display, high-end 13in MacBook Pro model, and features the previously unknown motherboard identifier ‘AFD8A9D944EA4843’, which appeared in early builds of OS X Mountain Lion.

The benchmark score 7806 is similar to the 7841 score the 2012 non-Retina display 13in MacBook Pro received during testing.



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