Apple's new MacBook Pro with Retina display is a beauty to be behold, if you can afford one, but it's not for everyone. With a weight of 4.46 pounds and a large 15-inch screen, it's not exactly portable. It's believed that Apple will sell a smaller 13-inch Retina MBP later this year.
If KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's report is to be trusted (MacRumors says Kuo's nailed a few Apple reports before), the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina shouldn't be "available until after August this year, as it has limited space for dissipation and uses a lower-yield retinal display than the 15" version."
Kuo expects Apple to ramp up production of the 13-inch Retina MBP in September for a release in October just in time for the holiday shopping season.
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display comes with a whopping 2880x1800 display, seven hours of battery life and powerful Ivy Bridge Intel Core processors, beefy NVIDIA Kepler graphics and tons of Solid-State Drive storage. It starts at $2,200 and can be tricked out to nearly $4,000 for a high-end model.
Apple still offers a 13-inch MBP, but when compared side-to-side with the MBP with Retina display or a 13-inch MacBook Air, it looks like a bloated gorilla. Sure, all of the 13-inch MBPs now have faster processors and better integrated Intel graphics, but they've still got that same crappy 1280x800 resolution display. You can really tell the difference.
It remains to be seen, though if Apple can pull off a thin and light 13-inch MacBook Pro without it cannibalizing the MacBook Air...
We fully expect a 13-inch Retina display MBP to carry a premium price tag. We know lots of people who would gladly pay a little extra for a smaller machine that has a crystal sharp display. Moving forward, Retina is the way to go. Everything else is just last year generation's sloppy leftovers.