NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, per CNET, said Apple is set to release a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, with manufacturing already started. The 13-inch version is said to be cheaper than the current 15.4-inch Retina model (obviously) and will rock a 2,560-by-1,600 display. A smaller device at a cheaper price point could make for a better buy in the consumer eye.

The report also noted Samsung, LGD, and Sharp will manufacture the display for the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. Production for the display is said to be much greater than the 15.4-inch. “With 15.4 it’s production of a few hundred thousand units versus one to two million for the 13.3,” the analyst said. With production beginning in the third-quarter, this could mean a fall release. Apple is also rumored to release a Retina iMac this fall.

Of course, analyst claims should always be taken with a grain of salt.


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