The 13-inch MacBook Pro has been rumored to be in production phases recently, but we’ve yet to see any reasonable leaks of the new Apple laptop. According to a new report though, the 13-inch MacBook Pros with Retina display are indeed on the way, and they should be in mass production sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012.
It’s not clear when the new MacBook will hit stores, but analyst Richard Shim of DisplaySearch speculates that it should be released sometime after the iPad Mini announcement that is rumored to take place on October 17th.
CNET has reported that Shim confirmed to them that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will have a display resolution of 2560-by-1600, which is slightly less than the 2880-by-1800 display of the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro that was released in June.
While the current 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro starts out with a $2,199 entry price, the 13-inch model is expected to have a lower price point and be more consumer friendly. The 13-inch model should take many design cues from the 15-incher and have a thinner body, HDMI port, and lack an optical drive.