Apple will finally discontinue the non-Retina MacBook Pro later this year, according to sources in its supply chain. Production is expected to come to a halt during the second half of 2014, reducing Apple’s notebook lineup to just the MacBook Air and the newer, thinner MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Apple first introduced the Retina MacBook Pro in June 2012, but it continued to offer the last-generation MacBook Pro alongside it. Last year, the 15-inch model was discontinued, but the 13-inch model can still be purchased today for $1,199. That’s just $100 less than the entry-level Retina MacBook Pro.
Obviously we’ve all been anticipating the inevitable death of the old MacBook Pro for a while now as Apple continues to focus on devices with high-resolution Retina displays going forward, and according to sources for DigiTimes, it will come later this year.
While we wouldn’t normally read much into DigiTimes rumors given its track record, this one seems highly likely. It’s a surprise the old MacBook Pro has been around this long given that it’s not much cheaper than the Retina model.