Apple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in production

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A smaller MacBook Pro with Retina display is on its way, with the device being assembled right now, according to one analyst.


CNET reports the production gears have crunched into action on a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2,560x1,600-pixel screen. That's what NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim says, anyway.


And he seems to know the exact model as well. "The supply chain indications are that it's for a MacBook Pro 13.3 -- not a MacBook Air," Shim said. The screens are made by Samsung, LGD, and Sharp, he added.


If Shim's figures are correct, Apple predicts this smaller model to be a big seller, too, as the production run dwarfs that of its larger counterpart. "With 15.4 it's production of a few hundred thousand units versus one to two million for the 13.3," he said. Production started in the third quarter, so we could the 13.3-inch model hit the shelves around the autumn.


With a new iPhone and iPad also rumoured before Christmas (though on separate dates from the sounds of things), it could be a very busy end of year indeed for Apple A1322 Battery.


The Retina display is found on Apple's 15.4-inch MacBook Pro. That model has a resolution of 2,880x1,800-pixels, with a pixel per inch (ppi) count of 220. The iPad screen is 2,048x1,536-pixels, with a ppi of 264, which also makes it a Retina display. (Anything over 200ppi and you're in Retina territory.)


A 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro would likely fly off the shelves, thanks to being more portable than its larger counterpart. It'd also be cheaper than the 15.4-inch model, which sells for a whopping £1,799.

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