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MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display and new iMacs rumoured to be shipping now

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Reports claim that Apple has started shipping a new MacBook Pro with a 13-inch Retina display, as well as an updated range of iMacs. Could they be unveiled at Wednesday's special event?

Of course, the headline device for the September 12 event will be the iPhone 5 - or whatever Apple chooses to call its next smartphone. However, given these reports of completed production of a bunch of new Apple PCs, there's a chance the much anticipated new blower will have to share the limelight.

According to DigiTimes, which cites its usual (and not always to be trusted) sources from "the upstream supply chain," the MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display will launch in September or October "to target back-to-school demand and the year-end holidays ."

As for the new iMacs, the report claims that Apple's original intention was to launch three tiers of new all-in-one PCs, but that there have been issues in production of the top model. This will apparently result in the low and mid-tier iMacs being launched and the top-of-the-range model being held back until a later date.

The production problems are said to involve poor yields of the new screen panels that each device will use - although other reports have claimed that these won't be full-on Retina displays, as per the MacBook range.

The iMac has been stuck in its current guise since 2009, with only yearly internal updates to freshen up the range. This means it's well overdue for a new model. Could we see these on Wednesday?

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