In a very accurate report from Ming Chi Kuo, analyst for KGI Securities, it was said that Apple were intending to release the 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro to run in conjunction with the MacBook Pro rather than ‘instead of’. A later report in April claimed that the 17 inch MacBook Pro would be discontinued – and this claim also came to pass. So it seems as though his reports are a good source of well-informed predictions, which is why we are looking back at his reports to find out more about the upcoming 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina. Kuo believes that this device will probably arrive in no earlier than August, due to some issues with the display and dissipation of heat from the device.
13-inch MacBook Pro Retina release date predicted for October
Since then, Kuo has released another report about the 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina model, and as discussed in AppleInsider, he has predicted production to be in its final stages in September, ready for an October launch. Predictions regarding the features of the device itself include an 18mm thickness – however in that same report, Kuo predicted that the 15 inch would be 19mm, and it turned out to be 18mm, indicating that the 13 inch could be thinner than predicted.
Additionally, recently found to indicate an impending launch for the 13 inch, is a listing on the MiniBatteryLogger database (a battery utility app) for the “MacBookPro10,2”. This has to be the 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro, as the 15 inch version was designated the “MacBookPro10,1” though MacRumors acknowledges that the designation for the 13 inch version could well be fake, but that there are “several indications that it may be legitimate.” These indications are that the 25th April appearance of the entry seems far too early for anybody to be able to make an entry which appears legitimate, as very little information had been released about the device by this date.
Also, the battery information which says that the battery has a 6580mAh design capacity, which is 810mAh larger than its non-Retina counterpart. This equates to 14% and corresponds well, if not identically, to the 22.5% difference between the 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro and its non-Retina counterpart, particularly taking into account the lesser screen and no graphics card.