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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Said to Carry 'Unprecedented' Battery Design, Same Port Layout as 15-Inch Model




With multiple reports now indicating that Apple will be introducing its 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro at next week's rumored media event, details on the machine are also beginning to leak out.

According to a forum thread [Google translation] posted to Chinese site WeiPhone.com last week, the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will indeed be launching late this month. The report claims that it will carry the same thermal design as the larger 15-inch model, but with only one contact pad indicating that it will not include a discrete graphics chip.

The source reports that the 13-inch model will include an "unprecedented" battery design and offer the same set of ports seen on the 15-inch model: MagSafe 2, a pair of Thunderbolt ports, a USB port, and a headphone jack on the left and a USB port, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader on the right.

The report's source has also added a pair of photos showing what is claimed to be the display of the 13-inch model wrapped in plastic atop the same part from the 15-inch model. It doesn't appear that part can be conclusively identified as for a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro given the poor quality of the photos and an inability to assess the thickness of the display assembly, but it does appear consistent with the 15-inch Retina display and lacks the "MacBook Pro" branding seen on the bezel of non-Retina models.

The forum poster does have at least some track record of obtaining photos of unreleased product parts, as he previously posted a photo of the current 15-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro's graphics chip and surrounding logic board components a day before the machine was announced.

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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:48 AM   #2
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Just give me a 13" Retina Air, FFS.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:49 AM   #3
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Apple's suppliers have been dropping the ball. I don't want to know about the product before Apple announces it. Somebody fix this.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:49 AM   #4
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Apple's suppliers have been dropping the ball. I don't want to know about the product before Apple announces it. Somebody fix this.
Insert Steve and never allowing this joke here.

Except for once it's true.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:50 AM   #5
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:50 AM   #6
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Not having discrete graphics could be a letdown.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:51 AM   #7
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All Apple battery layouts are unprecedented. Because they keep changing the insides of their cases.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:54 AM   #8
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It better be unprecedented as that screen is going to be a battery hog and there isn't too much room in a slim 13 inch laptop.

I'm not sure if this generation of retina pros are compelling compared to the Air. But I'm interested to find out. My Macbook is getting a little ragged.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:55 AM   #9
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And cue the non-stop complaints about iMacs...

Oh, what's that, we had a rumor the other day? Well, let's complain just for the sake of complaining...

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Hmmm, very interested in seeing what that "unprecedented" battery design is. Will this be the breakthrough in batteries we've all been waiting for?
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:56 AM   #11
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Just give me a 13" Retina Air, FFS.
I imagine the Air will be the last Apple product to go retina due to the limited battery space (and when that happens, the MBP will just go away)

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Not having discrete graphics could be a letdown.
Indeed, especially since the rMBP is known to lag with its discreet card.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:56 AM   #12
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Apple's suppliers have been dropping the ball. I don't want to know about the product before Apple announces it. Somebody fix this.
Yeah, me neither. Wait, what am I doing on a MacRumors forum again?
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:58 AM   #13
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Just give me a 13" Retina Air, FFS.
A Retina Display may be how they differentiate the Air and Pro lines in the future, at least until yields are high enough. If this ships without a discrete GPU, as it appears it will, it should dispel the notion that the Air isn't capable of driving a Retina Display quickly.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:58 AM   #14
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All Apple battery layouts are unprecedented. Because they keep changing the insides of their cases.
One has to wonder what that means. Maybe a move away from Lithium Ion batteries. I mean really there is nothing unprecedented about a wound up Lithium polymer battery that can basically take any form, so maybe something new is about to emerge.

At least the wait is only a week now. Still no Mini rumors though which sucks.
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Well it has a better arrangement of ports than the standard Air, right? Now move that over to the other notebooks...
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I imagine the Air will be the last Apple product to go retina due to the limited battery space (and when that happens, the MBP will just go away)



Indeed, especially since the rMBP is known to lag with its discreet card.
Yeah I can't help but feel this may be a better product in a year or two. Discrete really seems like a must.
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Not having discrete graphics could be a letdown.
I hear ya... if it doesn't have a discrete, I don't know what I'll get. HD4000 just doesn't cut it for any semi reasonable gaming quality.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 12:01 PM   #18
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Just give me a 13" Retina Air, FFS.
You're going to have to wait for a couple of years.
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Hmmm, very interested in seeing what that "unprecedented" battery design is. Will this be the breakthrough in batteries we've all been waiting for?
It will be glued to both the top and bottom of the case and iFixit will hand out the first ever zero for repairability (I kid).

In all seriousness though, I wouldn't expect a new battery technology that solves all our problems. It's probably thin batteries in some customized layout.
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On board Intel 4000 graphics driving a retina display?

Scarry

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What does unprecedented battery design mean. Longer battery life?
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On board Intel 4000 graphics driving a retina display?
Well, yeah. You are fine until you do something involving fancy 3D. The desktop and video playback easy.
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If you could choose one, what would you have: discrete graphics or quad core processing?
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Hmmm, very interested in seeing what that "unprecedented" battery design is. Will this be the breakthrough in batteries we've all been waiting for?
They'll keep that for a Retina Air. How do you fit a battery that can power that display in a body as slim as the Air?

That's my guess for a real unprecedented battery design.
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