A new report is suggesting that Apple has issued a production order for high resolution screens for a 13 inch Retina Display MacBook Pro. According to CNET, the company has begun producing screens with a 2560 x 1600 pixel density that are destined for a 13 inch Retina Display on the MacBook Pro. The information comes from NPD analyst Richard Shim, who has supply chain sources that are saying that the screen are already in production and that it is for a 13.3 inch MacBook Pro.
The screen are apparently being sourced from Sharp, Samsung and LGD, but the analyst seems pretty sure that they are destined for a 13 inch MacBook Pro, rather than a highly desirable 13 inch MacBook Air, which doesn’t seem on the cards any time soon. Consistent with today’s report, we did some calculations on what the specifications for a 13 inch Retina Display MacBook Pro would look like with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, and the price of the new 13 inch model would likely fall between $1499 and $1599 for the base model.
The new 13 inch Retina Display MacBook Pro is expected to launch in Q4 of this year, ideally in plenty of time for the holiday season. Given that the company is expected to hold a launch event for the iPad mini in October, Apple may use the opportunity to formally launch the 13 inch Retina Display MacBook Pro at the same event.