Just days leading up to the announcement of the new Retina MacBook Pro, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) claimed that Apple would launch the as of yet unreleased Retina machine alongside the existing MacBook Air and Pro lines, instead of outright replacing one or both of them as originally speculated by the rumor mill.
Kuo is often accurate when predicting Apple’s next move. In April he claimed the company would be discontinuing the 17-inch MacBook Pro. On Monday, Apple did just that. Additionally, in his report regarding the Retina MacBook Pros, he claimed that a 13-inch variety would arrive this August at the earliest. This delayed release is due to problems with heat dissipation in the smaller encasement, and yield rates of the displays.
In his most recent report, as pointed out by AppleInsider, Kuo is now suggesting that Apple will begin to ramp up production of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in September, with the aim of launching the machine to the public in early October.
Lending further credibility to Kuo’s latest claim is the discovery of a “MacBookPro10,2” listing in the MiniBatteryLogger utility app. The current Retina MacBook Pro features a designation of “MacBookPro10,1″. Granted this database entry could have been faked, but the “MacBookPro10,1″ designation was unknown to the public when this database entry was created in April.
Also, this new listing shows a battery with a 6580 mAh capacity, which is up from the current 13-inch MacBook Pro’s 5770 mAh capacity. The Retina MacBook Pro also saw a similar increase from 6900 mAh in the non-retina model to 8460 mAh.
None of this sounds unreasonable to me, especially when considering Kuo’s track record. Besides, it seems it is only a matter of time before all of the MacBook Pros morph into the new Retina form factor. This will happen when Apple can bring the cost down for consumers, because let’s face it, $2100 is a lot for a notebook that isn’t going to be used by a professional as a tool. When Apple can make a $1200 13-inch MacBook Pro, that is when the optical drive-equipped notebooks will be discontinued.