Apple may introduce its second MacBook Pro with Retina display as early as October, according to one analyst.
The purported next-generation 13in MacBook would have a screen resolution of 2560 pixels by 1600 pixels, such as no optical drive and the use of flash storage instead of a hard drive. The new laptop would also have a third-generation Ivy Bridge Core processor clocked at more than 2 GHz, would lack discrete graphics and be around 1.7cm thick, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told Appleinsider.
Although this is the word of just one analyst, Kuo correctly predicted that Apple would discontinue the 17in MacBook Pro; however, Kuo also asserted that Apple was replacing the MacBook Pro lineup with a new laptop series, which so far the company hasn’t done.
New Model or Replacement Model?
It’s not clear if the rumoured new 13in MacBook Pro would replace the current 13in MacBook Pro model or sit alongside it with a higher price than the current version.
When Apple debuted the new 15in MacBook Pro with Retina display on Tuesday, it opted to continue selling the non-Retina 15in MBP line. The MacBook Pro with Retina Display has a base price of $2499, while the traditional 15in MBP starts at $1,999. Apple’s base model 13in MacBook Pro sells for $1,349.
Critics have long expected Apple to revamp its MacBook lineup to be more Air-like by offering super-thin designs, flash storage and no optical drive. Since last Tuesday, the Retina display has been added to the list of expectations for significant overhauls to Apple’s laptop offerings.
If you’re planning on buying a new 15in Retina MacBook Pro or are waiting to see if the Retina displays trickle down to smaller Apple laptops, don’t expect it to be easily serviceable. A recent teardown by iFixit said the MacBook Pro with Retina display was the least repairable laptop the DIY shop has ever taken apart.