13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Coming in October?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Four days before the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro was introduced, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a report claiming that Apple would launch the machine alongside the then-current MacBook Pro line rather than as a direct replacement.

    Kuo's report turned out to be nearly exactly on point, as was the case with his April report claiming that Apple would discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro, and so it pays to revisit his Retina MacBook line claims to see what the future might hold.

    In that report, Kuo claimed that the 13-inch MacBook Pro would likely arrive in the August timeframe at the earliest, with the machine's release being held back by display yield and challenges with heat dissipation in the smaller body.

    Figure from Kuo's June 7 report with estimated launch info for 2012 MacBook lineup
    With the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro now available, Kuo has released a new report taking another look at Apple's plans for the 13-inch version, and AppleInsider reports that he is now estimating a September production ramp for the machine with an early October launch to follow.
    In his note last week, Kuo predicted that the 15-inch Retina model would carry a thickness of 19 millimeters (0.75 inches), while the 13-inch model could come in slightly thinner at 18 millimeters (0.71 inches). But the 15-inch model Apple actually introduced already comes in at the 18 millimeter figure, so it is unclear whether Apple would be able trim any additional thickness off for the 13-inch model.

    Potentially supporting the idea of a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro being in testing is the discovery of a "MacBookPro10,2" listing in the results database for the battery utility app MiniBatteryLogger. The 15-inch MacBook Pro carries a designation of "MacBookPro10,1", and while the MacBookPro10,2 designation could presumably have been faked, there are several indications that it may be legitimate.


    First, the database entry appeared on April 25, well ahead of much specific information on the Retina MacBook Pro that might have helped create a legitimate-looking fake entry. Second, the machine's battery registers a design capacity of 6580 mAh, roughly 14% greater than the 5770 mAh battery found in the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro. By comparison, the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro's 8460 mAh battery has roughly 22.5% greater capacity than the 6900 mAh battery in the non-Retina model.

    While the battery capacity ratios between corresponding Retina and non-Retina MacBook Pro batteries would not be exactly the same if this MacBookPro10,2 is indeed a genuine 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, they are at least in the same range and one could imagine that a smaller display and lack of a discrete graphics card could shrink the amount of capacity boost needed to power a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

    Article Link: 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Coming in October?
  2. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    That would be really nice. The 13" is actually a really nice size.
    Also, $2000+ is a bit too much for some people to fork out on a laptop.
  3. urbanj, Jun 14, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2012

    macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2008
    Now this I would buy.

    The 15" is way too pricy for me for what it is.
  4. macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    just as long as it's higher than 1280x800 doubled.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2011
    For personal use, I'd love this.

    The 15.4 model is great for work though.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    I would definitely buy it as long as its resolution is higher than 1280x800
  7. macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    La la land
    Wow, Macbook Air 13", Macbook Pro 13", or Retina Macbook Pro 13"?

    That'd be very confusing. At least now there's only max 2 variations of each size.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2011
    Toronto, Canada
  9. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
    OMG 3 choices for a 13 inch laptop, that is really confusing, poor customers :rolleyes:
  10. macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2007
  11. macrumors 65816

    Feb 3, 2011
    Uh oh. Right when I was about to order a 13" air.
    Looks like I will hold off a little longer to see what's cooking at apple
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2011
  13. macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2011
    Vancouver, BC, CA
    At US$1,200, I feel like this'll be the MacBook Pro to buy. I wonder if it'll have the same graphics card as the 15"?
  14. macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2008
    I was so looking forward to a thinner, lighter 13" MBP

    I don't necessarily need retina, but I was really hoping for the 13" MBP to come lighter and thinner. I was so disappointed with the announcement and went ahead with the purchase of the 13" MBA. So... I'm good for another 3-5 years.... unless Apple decides to announce the release of a 13" thinner, lighter MBP on Monday.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
    My guess is the 13inch retina macbook pro price would be half way between the regular macbook pro, and the 15inch retina macbook pro. It'll probably be in the $1500 price range.$999 for 13inch MacBook Air, $1199 13inch regular MacBook Pro, $1599 13inchRetina MacBook Pro, and $2199 15inch Retina MacBook Pro. That's my guess on the prices if a 13inch Retina MacBook Pro does come out.
  16. macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2008
    Adams County, PA
    This would be nice, but seems premature. What low-heat / energy-efficient candidate is there for a GPU that wouldn't buckle under high resolution displays? I can't imagine the Intel 4000 doing the job without strain when under higher loads, especially when rendering, using OpenCL, or gaming; hardly "pro" performance. The issue is going to be further compounded if they intend on making it just as thin as the 15" model. It just seems impractical right now.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2011
    It's a retina 13" MB Pro, of course it's going to be higher than 1280x800. If this comes to fruition, my guess it'll be 2560x1600 resolution. This is definitely good news. I'd prefer a 13" Pro over a 15" Pro simply for the portability.
  18. macrumors 6502

    cult hero

    Jun 6, 2005
    This is the machine I was waiting for. I almost broke down and got myself a 13" Air but... I thought this might be coming.

    I sense it will double the 1280x800 since doubling the 1440x900 on the MBA would give it a resolution identical to the 15" MBP. That just doesn't seem likely.

    I'll be ordering one of these the second they come out.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2011
    As long as you're not into gaming, the Intel 4000 is capable of driving retina displays.
  20. macrumors 6502

    cult hero

    Jun 6, 2005
    I'll eat my hat if it's released at that price. Ain't gonna happen though.
  21. macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2007
    How about a 17" !!!

    I can see the 13" retina becoming very popular when it comes out (I'll probably get one for my wife when we need to upgrade her computer).

    But what I want is a 17" MBP w/RD! The old 17" MBP is a big beast, but I love it because of the power and all the screen space. A 17" RD would be the perfect computer for me!!
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    Yes, but the problem with the Retina display is you still only get an effective 1280x800 resolution, except for some apps that MAY take advantage of the full resolution in full screen.

    1280x800 is WAY too low for a 13" laptop. My 11" Air has higher resolution. I know Retina "looks nice", but, c'mon...
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
    I'm an Austronaut
  24. macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2008
    OMG there are THREE different 13" Macbooks... whatever shall I do...? I'm so confused now! :rolleyes: How dare Apple give us 30 different 3.5" iPhones, 16 different 9.7" iPads, and now this... ! :rolleyes:
  25. macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
    Is Retina Display an IGZO panel?

    Would this be using the Sharp's IGZO technology? I'm quite optimistic about it because of its claim to decrease power consumption by 90%! Imagine getting a full 10 hour battery instead of 7 while having a retina display.

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