MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display set for production

Production of a MacBook Pro with a 13-inch Retina Display is on course to start over the coming weeks, according to reports. The new line will join the pioneering MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display that launched in June.

Richard Shim, an analyst for DisplaySearch, has told CNET that production for the new MacBook will commence in the fourth quarter of 2012. Of course, that doesn’t help us ascertain when the laptop will be released.

Shim speculates that the launch will happen after the release of the iPad mini – but then as all reports point to an October 17 announcement and a November 2 launch for Apple’s new micro-tablet, that’s a bit of a no-brainer.

The MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display will reportedly feature a 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 display, which will result in a pixel density similar to (and indeed slightly higher than) that of the current premium 15.4-inch model.

It’s also expected that the MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display will be considerably cheaper than that 15-inch model, which starts from an eye-watering £1,700 and goes up well past the £2,000 mark.

Presuming that the MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display will copy the 15-inch version in shedding the physical drive – and a few pounds with it – the question arises as to the next MacBook Air (current model pictured). Just how thin and light will that need to be in order to remain relevant?

We’re excited to find out the answer some time in 2013.

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