The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Photo : Apple)
There's good news for Apple fans waiting for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Rumors have surfaced the 13-inch version of the Retina laptop is under production.
According to CNET, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim said production of a 2,560-by-1,600 pixel density display has begun for the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro.
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The display is being made by Sharp, LGD, and even with rival Samsung.
"The supply chain indications are that it's for a MacBook Pro 13.3 - not a MacBook Air," said Shim to CNET.
Shim added, "With Samsung, if you look at the new [Retina] iPad, they had fewer issues reaching the higher resolution requests from Apple. They were the first vendor to get to volume with that panel."
Production for the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro comes after the success of the 15-inch version. The 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro has so far sold more than Apple projected.
As for prices, it is speculated it will be slightly cheaper than the 15-inch due to size. The 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is on sale for $2,199, so due to the weight and size difference, it could go for a couple hundred less.
The Retina display has so far garnered favorable reviews, notably the Toronto Sun's Steve Tilley, "The MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a beautiful, powerful, versatile personal computer that asks you to make a few small sacrifices on features and some larger sacrifices on affordability. If you've been holding off getting one and I've somehow managed to sway you, now's the time to the store. In a big yellow taxi."
CNET says the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro could be set to launch this fall, likely in late September or early October to coincide with the other debuts of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.