Rumor: 13-inch Retina MacBook, new iMacs already shipping


— 9:23 AM on September 10, 2012

Love the new MacBook Pro with Retina display but hate the $2,199 asking price? Well, good news. According to DigiTimes, which says it was tipped off by "sources from the upstream supply chain," shipments of a new MacBook Pro with a smaller, 13" Retina display are already underway. The system will reportedly launch "in either September or October."

This isn't the first time we've heard about a 13" Retina MacBook Pro. Back in July, a system fitting that description quietly popped up in the Geekbench online results database. The machine featured a dual-core Core i5-3520M processor and 4GB of DDR3-1600 RAM. And in June, a financial analyst predicted an October launch for such a machine, adding that it would likely feature a 0.71"-thick chassis, solid-state storage, and a 2560x1600 panel driven by Intel integrated graphics.

(Apple's 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display has a discrete GeForce GPU powering its 2880x1800 panel, but the 13" model may indeed be stuck with Intel integrated graphics. None of the 13" Apple laptops released in recent history have featured discrete graphics, and the chassis of the upcoming Retina model might be too slim for that to change.)

DigiTimes also has news about the next wave of iMacs. While current models still feature last year's Sandy Bridge processors, the updated offerings will have both new processors and upgraded displays, the site reports. Word is that low-end and mid-range members of the next-gen iMac family "saw shipment volumes from the supply chain increase in September." As for the top-of-the-line iMac, that product has reportedly been delayed due to low LCD panel yields. DigiTimes doesn't quote a launch schedule for any of the three systems, though.

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