Apple is already working on 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display which will be released on October and will replace current 13-inch MacBook.
A smaller MacBook Pro with Retina display has been rumored since the release of 15-inch MacBook Pro back in June but now it is confirmed by NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim. Shim is a well-known analyst and he keeps the eye on the largest display makers such as Samsung, Sharp and LG.
According to Richard Shim, production has begun of a 2,560×1,600 resolution display that will be used on a 13-inch MacBook Pro boasting an extremely high pixel density of 227 pixels per inch (ppi). These displays are made for MacBook Pro – not MacBook Air.
These high resolution retina displays are made by Samsung, Sharp and LG Display. Production volume is expected to be much higher in comparison to the current 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro since Apple were unable to keep up with the demand for these laptops.
Production of the 13-inch retina displays started in early August and Apple have ordered a total of 2 million units for this quarter which ends on September 29. That said, we can expect the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display to be released alongside the iPad Mini which is expected to arrive in Mid-October.
Some might be surprised that Apple has chosen Samsung to supply them with Retina displays but if we look at the past, Samsung was the only display maker to be able to keep up with the demand making displays for the new iPad. Sharp and LG struggles to keep up with the demand and Apple should ask for help from its main rival and opponent in court.
Apple is famous for its high resolution Retina displays and currently it is used on iPhone, iPad and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and 13-incher is the next to follow. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features LCD IPS display with 2,880×1,800 pixel resolution, far more than any other laptop or monitor can offer.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display will be prices between current 13-inch MacBook Pro which comes for $1199 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina which retails for $2199. Based on current price for the MacBook Pro with Retina display, the price for 13-incher will be set at around 1499 for the base configuration.
A smaller 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display will be designed using the same form factor so we can expect no optical disc drive and a thinner body than original 13-inch MacBook Pro. The regular HDD will be replaced with SSD drive similar to one used for MacBook Air.
Since I decided not to upgrade to 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display I am very much looking forward to October when Apple is expected to release 13-inch MacBook Pro with high resolution retina display boasting 2,560×1,600 pixel resolution.