New evidence hints at 13'' Retina MacBook Pro

— 6:00 AM on July 11, 2012

The 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display is undeniably amazing, but it's also terrifyingly expensive, with prices starting at no less than $2,199. Some of us are holding out for a cheaper, more compact derivative, and it looks like we might soon get our wish. SlashGear reports that a 13" Retina model has made a clandestine appearance in Geekbench's online results database.

The results page doesn't betray the system's display resolution. It only lists the model number ("MacBook Pro10,2"), the processor (a dual-core Core i5-3520M clocked at 2.9GHz), the memory (4GB of DDR3-1600 RAM), some performance data, and a few miscellaneous details. However, SlashGear says the model number is pretty strong evidence all by itself:

This device is being displayed at MacBookPro10,2 in the benchmark. The new non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro (also released in the last few weeks) goes by MacBookPro9,2 while the 15-inch non-Retina model goes by MacBookPro9,1. The Retina model with a 15-inch screen is called MacBookPro10,1 – making this device, of course, a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

We could be looking at a fake results page, of course, but that doesn't mean the system doesn't exist. Last month, AppleInsider got word from an analyst that Apple plans to ramp production of a 13" Retina MacBook Pro in September, setting the stage for an early October release. The system is expected to cram 2560x1600 pixels into its 13" panel.

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