iPad mini launch event to see Retina MacBook Pro 13-inch unveil

Apple may launch a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display screen at the same time as the iPad mini, on 23 October.

According to a source at a “high-profile U.S. retailer”, Apple will unveil its new 13-inch Retina display equipped MacBook Pro within the next couple of weeks, writes 9to5Mac. The site describes the source as “consistenly reliable”, and is itself far from a pedlar of flimsy heresay.

The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro laptop was originally reported to surface just after the iPad mini, but the dinky tablet was itself subject to a delay recently. We initially thought the launch event would be held on Wednesday 17 October, but that date has been pushed back to 23 October, next week.

This is the first time Apple’s “Retina” screens have been jammed into a 13in frame. During the last MacBook Pro refresh, a 15.4in Retina display model was introduced, sporting a 2880 x 1800 pixel display. However, the 13-inch model is stuck at a less-impressive 1280 x 800 pixels.

The upcoming 13-inch model is expected to offer a resolution of 2560 x 1800 pixels, equating to 240dpi. That’s a full 20dpi sharper than the 15.4in model.

Judging by the current pricing structure of the MacBook Pro line, you can expect to pay around £1,299 for the entry-level Retina display 13-inch laptop. We should find out the full pricing details next week.

Alongside the MacBook Pro, we’ll see the launch of the smaller iPad, which is arguably a much bigger deal. Seen by many as Apple’s answer to low-cost tablets like the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD, the iPad mini may become one of the most sought-after Christmas presents this year.

Although they are only being unveiled late this year, both the iPad mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro are expected to be available well in time for Christmas. Thinking of snagging yourself an iPad mini or MacBook Pro? Drop us a line in the comments.

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