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Rumors regarding a 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina spread

CNet reveals new rumors regarding the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

In a previous article, we reported on the rumored launch date of the iPad mini and the landmark judgment in the case of Apple v. Samsung. Amidst all this Apple hoopla, is there room for more news and rumor? Apparently, yes. Today, CNet reported that production of a Retina-based 13-inch MacBook Pro has commenced. In the same report, it was stated that the 13-inch notebook’s 2560x1600 Retina display is being manufactured by Samsung, LG Display, and Sharp.

While rumors regarding the 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina have circled the Internet since MacRumors reported the discovery of a relevant Geekbench benchmark, this latest claim includes specific numbers. Richard Shim, the expert cited by CNet, stated a production run of “one to two million” for the 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina. These numbers are based on supply chain and upstream numbers. The final production count will be based on the yield rates with “70, 80, 90 percent” corresponding to the “million and a half range”.

Apple aficionados are likely already familiar with Apple’s Retina display technology. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display boasts an amazing 5.1 million pixels. In the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina, this display is paired with a long-lasting battery, a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, and an Nvidia GeForce GT 650M to produce  a slim, light-weight performance notebook.  The price of the 13-inch version is predicted to be substantially lower than the $2199 starting price for the 15-inch model.


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Benjamin Chen, 2012-08-26 (Update: 2012-08-27)