13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Said to Carry 'Unprecedented' Battery Design, Same Port Layout as 15-Inch Model

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    Article Link: 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Said to Carry 'Unprecedented' Battery Design, Same Port Layout as 15-Inch Model
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
  3. macrumors regular

    May 6, 2007
    Apple's suppliers have been dropping the ball. I don't want to know about the product before Apple announces it. Somebody fix this.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Insert Steve and never allowing this joke here.

    Except for once it's true.
  5. macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2012
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    Not having discrete graphics could be a letdown.
  7. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    All Apple battery layouts are unprecedented. Because they keep changing the insides of their cases.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2007
    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.
  9. wkadamsjr, Oct 15, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2010
    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...
  10. macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    Hmmm, very interested in seeing what that "unprecedented" battery design is. Will this be the breakthrough in batteries we've all been waiting for?
  11. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    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.
  12. macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2012
    Yeah, me neither. Wait, what am I doing on a MacRumors forum again?
  13. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    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.
  14. macrumors 68040

    May 29, 2003
    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.
  15. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Well it has a better arrangement of ports than the standard Air, right? Now move that over to the other notebooks...
  16. macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    Yeah I can't help but feel this may be a better product in a year or two. Discrete really seems like a must.
  17. macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2006
    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.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2011
    You're going to have to wait for a couple of years.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2009
    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.
  20. iVoid, Oct 15, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2012

    macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    On board Intel 4000 graphics driving a retina display?

  21. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    What does unprecedented battery design mean. Longer battery life?
  22. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Well, yeah. You are fine until you do something involving fancy 3D. The desktop and video playback easy.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2011
    If you could choose one, what would you have: discrete graphics or quad core processing?
  24. macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    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.
  25. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    You sir, are on the wrong site.....

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