Apple to shelve non-Retina MacBook Pro this year

Ashleigh Allsopp
17 January, 2013
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Apple is planning to retire its non-Retina MacBook Pro in the third quarter of 2013, replacing it with a lower-priced all-Retina lineup, an analyst has predicted.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has correctly predicted Apple product launches in the past, has made his Apple hardware predictions for 2013 this week, revealing that he believes Apple will stop selling non-Retina MacBook Pros later this year.

The analyst has said that the new Retina lineup for Apple’s MacBook Pro will signal the end of optical drives in Apple’s MacBook lineup. Apple has already omitted an optical drive from its current Retina MacBook Pros and the MacBook Air lineup, as well as the new iMacs.

Apple launched its 15in and 13in MacBook Pro with Retina display in 2012, at a starting price of £1,499. Kuo expects that Apple will reduce the price of the Retina MacBooks in order to sell more units, as the £999 non-Retina version will no longer be available to those looking for a cheaper option.

Kuo also thinks that the MacBook Air will get an update ahead of the launch of the all-Retina MacBook Pro lineup, with a minor internal spec boost.

Interestly, Kuo makes no mention of a new Mac Pro, which proved to be highly sought after in our poll of the most exciting future Apple products. Apple CEO Tim Cook promised that a new Mac Pro would be released in 2013 after Apple attracted criticism and concern following a very minor update to the computer in June 2012.

His other Apple hardware predictions for 2013 include an iPhone 6 with fingerprint sensor and a cheaper iPhone with six colours, both of which he expects to launch at a special event in June or July.

Do you think Apple should retire the non-Retina MacBook lineup this year? Let us know in the comments section below.


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  1. Braden Gow says:

    I think they should put a retina screen on the previous MacBook Pro body, giving consumers the option of a machine with an optical drive. Also the previous body is much more user friendly to update the hard drive and ram and many users don’t need the one pound lighter, slightly thinner retina machine. I know I’m old school but I like having the optical drive, the battery check button, and the dedicated power button. It would be all the more sweet with a retina screen.

  2. fr4nk says:

    a quad core in the 13″ retina would be nice. dont care about the optical drive… never used it the past 4 years.

  3. Daniel says:

    The non-retina macbooks are brilliant machines and the retina display is not exactly necessary for a lot of users.. Plus keeping the same body size would allow for bigger more powerful GPU/CPU and more storage or battery. Its not like they’re “soooo heavy”. Also the ability to upgrade the internals being lost really isn’t good for us who can’t afford 16gjgs of ram through apple (double the price from elsewhere).. Either they price the upgrades more fairly or allow easy upgrades (stop with the stupid glue!!!)

  4. Anthony says:

    Optical drives are becoming useless, they will be gone from laptops sooner or later. However retina displays and SSD’s are still more expensive; many people still need high capacity hard drives, and can’t afford the same amount of storage in flash. If you have to carry around an external optical drive and hardrive with your ulta portable MBP with retina display, it’s barely portable anymore.
    Removing the standard MBP from the lineup doesn’t seam feasible yet, there is still a lot of demand on high capacity hard drives, and some people aren’t ready do give up optical drives yet. But who knows, no one can market new tech like apple does.

  5. marie says:

    Yes.. Give the customers options to choose machine. Others may still want to have an optical drive. Don’t lose it..
    I like the new macbook pro retina specially the 13 inch but the price is too high to afford..
    Well hope for the next generation of mc pro retina its has ethernet port!! Doesn’t care if theres no optical drive.

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