Upcoming revision of Macbook Pro 13"

twiggy0

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Does anyone know of any rumors on the next release of the Macbook Pro 13"? I searched macrumors to no avail. Is it expected to be a different design?

Any information is welcomed.

Cheers!
 

gmanist1000

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Does anyone know of any rumors on the next release of the Macbook Pro 13"? I searched macrumors to no avail. Is it expected to be a different design?

Any information is welcomed.

Cheers!
I'm willing to bet it will be the same design, in a 13-inch form factor.
 

twiggy0

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I'm willing to bet it will be the same design, in a 13-inch form factor.
It just seems that it would make sense for Apple to remove the optical drive and make it thinner though? From past releases, is it expected to come out in like Q1, Q2 2013?
 

Definitiøn

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There was just a revision back in June so there won't be a revision until mid 2013 in regards to a regular 13 inch MacBook Pro.
 

gmanist1000

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It just seems that it would make sense for Apple to remove the optical drive and make it thinner though? From past releases, is it expected to come out in like Q1, Q2 2013?
I meant it will keep the same design of the rMBP, but in a 13-inch form factor, lol.
 

twiggy0

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There was just a revision back in June so there won't be a revision until mid 2013 in regards to a regular 13 inch MacBook Pro.
I barely consider the last revision a revision.... At least compared to the 15". Oh well.

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I meant it will keep the same design of the rMBP, but in a 13-inch form factor, lol.
Ah, ok. That makes much more sense. Yeah I'm hoping for that as well.
 

old-wiz

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If they had a 13" rMBP, here would that leave the MBA? They might decide to keep the 13" non-retina to keep the DVD drive or for other reasons. A 13" rMBP would seriously overlap a 13" MBA.
 

Krazy Bill

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A 13" rMBP would seriously overlap a 13" MBA.
Well, we knew this time was coming.

It will be interesting to see what Apple does to keep both models different enough to command different prices let alone 2 different target markets. Not sure if more ports and a faster CPU will be enough.

1.) Get rid of the Air: Ouch.

2.) Get rid of the MBP: Double-Ouch. :eek:

Disclaimer: I haven't been right about anything Apple has ever done so I've learned to call it both ways.
 

aircanman

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The MBP design will be with us for a couple of years yet, remove the optical and you get a MBA. There has just been a minor revision update, nothing now until next year.
 

HishamAkhtar

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The MBP design will be with us for a couple of years yet, remove the optical and you get a MBA. There has just been a minor revision update, nothing now until next year.
The only thing that makes me consider the fact that maybe a 13 inch rMBP is on the way is that most BIG changes in the MBP line occur in the 15 inch and then make their way onto the 13 inch (and 17 when it was around) a couple of months later.

Also as others mentioned above, the current 13 inch MBP was left relatively untouched and definitely needs 1) a better screen 2) SSD integration and 3) design updates/OD removal/thickness to shed
 

yanksrock100

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I think that they will update the MBP 13 to the retina design soon. In 2008, they redesigned the MBP's to the aluminum unibody we have today. In early '08, they updated the 15 and 17 inch. In October, the updated the 13 inch to the unibody design. I believe the same will happen this year.
This October, the 13 inch Macbook Pro will get retina, and the thin design, for about $1599.
It will NOT replace the MBA, because the MBA will be thinner, and $400 less, without retina, based for consumers.
 

Stetrain

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I think that they will update the MBP 13 to the retina design soon. In 2008, they redesigned the MBP's to the aluminum unibody we have today. In early '08, they updated the 15 and 17 inch. In October, the updated the 13 inch to the unibody design. I believe the same will happen this year.
This October, the 13 inch Macbook Pro will get retina, and the thin design, for about $1599.
It will NOT replace the MBA, because the MBA will be thinner, and $400 less, without retina, based for consumers.
Your timeline is a bit off ;)

They updated the 15" and 13" (called the Macbook then, not the Macbook Pro) to the Unibody design in October 2008. The 17" stayed at the old design until early 2009.

Agreed on everything else though :)
 

HishamAkhtar

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Your timeline is a bit off ;)

They updated the 15" and 13" (called the Macbook then, not the Macbook Pro) to the Unibody design in October 2008. The 17" stayed at the old design until early 2009.

Agreed on everything else though :)
Apple followed a similar strategy when they switched from PowerBooks to MacBooks. I really doubt they'll hold off on releasing a 13 inch rMBP considering that'll be their bread and butter model.
 

macuserx86

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I think they could easily release a retina 13" MBP and not cut the air's sales. The r13 may need a dGPU; Haswell's iGPU may be able to handle the pixels, but I'm not sure Ivy Bridge can keep up adequately. That would put it in a different product class, and make it finally be a "pro" laptop as the name implies.

So either they wait for Haswell to do a retina 13 or use the space saved by ditching the optical drive and moving to flash to include a moderate dGPU. The product would be more expensive, more powerful and thicker than the air (maybe drop the price of the Air a bit for good measure) so it would fill a different niche. I could see Apple using the 13" air as their new entry laptop and the Pro as a step up between the Air and the 15" rMBP. Maybe $1100 for the Air, $1500-1600 for the 13" rMBP and then the current 15" rMPB at $2100. Probably more expensive on all sides though :rolleyes:

Just speculation of course, but I can dream.