Rumor: Apple to Launch 13-inch MacBook Pro by October

As WWDC draws to a close, conversation has turned to the products Apple didn't announce last Monday and when we might expect to see additional product launches from Cupertino. There are the obvious and long awaited gadgets, such as the iPhone 5 and Apple's much rumored HDTV, but today's rumor relates to a 13-inch MacBook Pro boasting a Retina Display.

 

Though Apple did announce a MacBook Pro with Retina Display (and upgraded the guts of the 13-inch model with third generation Intel Core i series CPUs), the 13-inch MacBook Pro did not get the same Retina Display treatment afforded to the 15-inch MBP. Apple didn't mention anything about a 13-inch Retina Display MBP during WWDC, so we're left to wonder when Apple's plans to introduce one.

According to AppleInsider, Apple could launch the 13-inch Retina Display MBP by October. The website cites Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI as saying Apple will ramp up production of a 13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro in September and that units will be in stores by October, just in time for the all-important holiday shopping season.

This is good news if you had your heart set on a 13-inch with Retina Display but were disappointed when Apple debuted only a 15-inch model on Monday. As long as you can hold out and resist temptation, you should be able to get a Retina Display MacBook Pro for less than the current $2200 base price before the year is out. The wait will also give application developers more time to boost their apps to support the high resolution display.

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  • A Bad Day
    And as usual, they're going to be a pain in rear end to repair.

    "Yeah, one of my RAM sticks died."

    "That's a $1500 repair job."

    "Uh, what?"

    "Well, since everything is soldered or glued, we have to replace the motherboard, CPU, GPU, wireless and bluetooth device, and the SSD."

    "**** you."
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  • tomfreak
    I really dont like the glue together thing, but if Apple is being serious about their customer, these mac book pro should have come with full hardware warranty for 5years as default.

    I probably will shut up about this issue and only focus on complaining the price.
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  • A Bad Day
    And as usual, they're going to be a pain in rear end to repair.

    "Yeah, one of my RAM sticks died."

    "That's a $1500 repair job."

    "Uh, what?"

    "Well, since everything is soldered or glued, we have to replace the motherboard, CPU, GPU, wireless and bluetooth device, and the SSD."

    "**** you."
    20
  • tomfreak
    I really dont like the glue together thing, but if Apple is being serious about their customer, these mac book pro should have come with full hardware warranty for 5years as default.

    I probably will shut up about this issue and only focus on complaining the price.
    16
  • allenpan
    bye-bye those crappy repaiur shop, who only knows parts and swap, seriously i like the glue togetherm you just need BGA station to fix it, also, glue togther has alot of advantage: such as prevent solder fatigue and corrosion, and now the fix is a "reginal" fixing
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