Production of 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro and Updated iMacs Reportedly Ramping Up

Late last month, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim claimed that suppliers had begun production on 2,560 by 1,600 high resolution displays for a rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Today, Digitimes reports that full production on the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is on its way with shipments from Apple’s supply chain beginning to ramp up ahead of a speculated September or October launch.

The report also claims that production on updated iMacs are ramping up. Digitimes also reports that Apple maybe facing difficulties with its high-end iMac models. If Apple is indeed encountering difficulties with new displays, it is unclear on how the company will handle the launch.

As for the iMac, Apple originally planned to release three new models with upgraded panels and CPUs, but due to poor yields of the panels, the mass production of the high-end model, has been postponed, without any launch schedule. The other two models – targeting the mid-range and entry-level segments – saw shipment volumes from the supply chain increase in September.

Digitimes’s track record is known to be unreliable, but it does sometimes offer correct information and guidance on other reports.

Rumor: Displays for 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now in Production

NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim claims that a high resolution display is in production for a rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, reports CNET. The analyst cites supply chain sources and claims that the initial output values are expected to be higher than the current 15-inch version. It is also reported that the display being produced for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels. That is compared to the current version’s 1,280 by 800 pixel screen.

Shim also claims that Samsung, LG Display, and Sharp are all making the new 13-inch screen to meet a high initial volume compared to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display’s launch in June. The analyst also pointed out that the manufacturing capabilities of the three different suppliers can factor into how many displays will be ready for assembly.

“With 15.4 it’s production of a few hundred thousand units versus one to two million for the 13.3,” he said. That 13.3-inch production began in the third quarter.

I would assume MacBook Air with Retina displays are still far away since the amount of power and internal space required is much higher than what the current design can handle. Apple has been rumored to be launching the 13-inch MacBook Pro and an iPad mini in October. In the meantime, Apple is expected to reveal the next-generation iPhone.

MacBook Pro with Retina Display Can Power 3 External Monitors

At WWDC 2012, Apple revealed a brand new 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display. Now Other World Computing reports that the new MacBook Pro with Retina display can power up to three external monitors for a total of four screens. Other World Computing connected the new laptop to two new iMacs in display mode via Thunderbolt and an LG monitor via HDMI while setting the machine’s own display settings to “Best for Retina”. Sounds amazing.

In fact, even with the four displays active, the new MacBook Pro did not appear to encounter to have any performance issues. “Moving images and media didn’t create any lag and we were able to play video on all four displays simultaneously,” OWC wrote in a blog post. Counting the full resolution of the MacBook Pro’s display, OWC’s four-screen setup shows the laptop powering 14.86 million pixels! Apple’s own technical specifications for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display only show support for two external displays at 2,560 by 1,600 pixels, plus the built-in display.

This makes the MacBook Pro with Retina display to be the first Mac — other than a tower-based workstation like the Mac Pro — to be able to power four displays simultaneously.

Apple Retail Stores Add New Retina MacBook Pro Window Displays

During the WWDC 2012, Apple revealed a new MacBook Pro with Retina display. The new 15.4 inch MacBook Pro has an incredible resolution of 2880*1800, with a total pixel count of 5,184,000 pixels and a 220 ppi. It is incredible. Yesterday, just before the NBA playoffs, Apple aired a new ad for the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. That ad is really well done.

Today, it seems that Apple has started to begun installing new window displays showing off the new MacBook pro with Retina display. The display is mounted on a pedestal with a huge model of the machine as a background.

Apple retail stores have also started to receive display models of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, but finding them in stock is still difficult. When I tried one at the store today, I was just blown away by its industrial design, speed, and Retina display. You have to see it to believe it.

Apple Airs MacBook Pro with Retina display TV Ad

During the WWDC 2012 keynote, not only did Apple introduce new MacBook Pros, but also introduce a new 15.4 inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The new 15.4 inch MacBook Pro has an incredible resolution of 2880*1800, with a total pixel count of 5,184,000 pixels and a 220 ppi. It is incredible. Yesterday, just before the NBA playoffs, Apple aired a new ad for the new MacBook Pro with Retina display.

The commercial shows the MacBook Pro doing some photo and video editing tasks and the ad ends with a simple tagline: “The radical new MacBook Pro with Retina display. Innovation in every dimension.” Apple’s new ad is very Apple-like and in my opinion, much better than the Siri celebrity ads. This ad reminds me of the Siri Santa Claus ad.

You know your brand strongly built when you don’t even have to mention the product’s name or company name.

New MacBook Pros Sport Intel Ivy Bridge Processor and Thinner Design; MacBook Pro With Retina Display Also Announced

Along with the new MacBook Airs, Apple has also announced a totally new and refreshed MacBook Pro line-up. The new MacBook Pros will be powered by Intel’s Ivy Bridge procesors with the top of the line quad-core i7 chip running at 2.7 and capable of running at 3.7GHz via Turbo Boost. Like the Air, there will be 8GB of RAM running at 1600Mhz and “60% faster graphics”. The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro will come with Nvidia’s Kepler GeForce GT650M GPU with 1GB of dedicated memory, while the 13-inch model will presumably use Intel’s Ivy Bridge in-built GPU. The new MacBook Pros also come with an SSD (Up to 786GB) and two USB 3.0 ports.


Along with a spec-bump, Apple has also refreshed the design of the new MacBook Pros. The new MBPs are a mere 0.71-inch thick i.e. 1/4th of the current generation model and weight in only 4.46 pounds.  Other ports on the new MBPs include a thinner MagSafe, Thunderbolt port, SD card reader, headphone jack and surprisingly an HDMI port. Other new features include Bluetooth 4.0, FaceTime HD, dual-microphones, and the usual but awesome backlit keyboard and glass trackpad.

Apple also announced a new 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Yes, as rumors had suggested, Apple has managed to fit in a Retina Display on the new 15-inch MBP. The new 15-inch MBP with Retina Display  has a whopping…jaw busting resolution of 2880*1800, with a total pixel count of 5,184,000 pixels and a 220 ppi. This new display also touts of reduced glares, better color reproduction, better viewing angles and higher contrast ratios.

The base 13-inch MacBook Pro will cost $1199 with the top-of-the-line model costing $1499, while the base15-inch model will cost $1799 and and the fully loaded version will set you back by $2199. The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display will set users back by $2199 and will include a quad-core i7 running at 2.3GHz, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage and 7 hours of battery life.

Like the new MacBook Airs, all the new and refreshed MacBook Pros including the one with Retina Display start shipping from today itself.

And oh! the new MBPs still have an optical drive.


Retina Display Coming to Macs?

With WWDC 2012 less than a month away, the Apple rumor mill is in full swing. Today, Bloomberg has confirmed a report from earlier today that Apple is preparing to release thinner MacBook Pro models with Retina displays. The new MacBook Pros will reportedly also includes ports for the MagSafe power connector, two USB ports, and audio in/out jacks along the left side, with a battery level indicator also included along the same side. The right side is said to offer a pair of Thunderbolt ports, another USB port, an SD card slot, and a Kensington lock slot.

Mockup of thinner 15-inch MacBook Pro design (left) compared to current design (right)

Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup was last updated in October of 2011, and is due for an update anytime. The MacBook Pro hasn’t had a significant redesign since 2008 either.

In addition, ABC News reports that not only the MacBook Pro family but also the iMac line is set to gain ultra high-resolution “Retina” displays.

As incredible as this sounds, it should be pointed out that nothing is confirmed until Apple announces it officially.

Apple Working on 15 Inch Ultra Thin Mac Notebook

MacRumors has reported that Apple is finishing up work on a brand new 15″ Mac notebook in a form factor similar to the current generation of Macbook Airs. TUAW reports that this new laptop, along with a 17 inch version, will hold the Macbook Pro branding.

Apple has made some significant changes in its laptop line in the past couple years. First came the original MacBook Air, which changed how we thought a laptop could look. With the most recent update, the Air has replaced the old White MacBook that was the long standing low end Mac laptop.

A large number of us in the industry now expect the standard features of the MacBook Air to make their way to the high-end MacBook Pros. The key items that are mentioned are the integrated SSDs and the lack of optical drives. Those two changes make it possible to take a large amount of the size from body of the computers.

These changes would mark a dynamic shift in Apple’s attitude towards physical media. While it wouldn’t be unprecedented for Apple to completely ditch a format (floppy disk), that would mean skipping the BluRay altogether. However, due to the popularity or the thin machines, it would make sense for Apple to slim down the MacBook Pros.

The timing for the supposed ultra-thin notebook is still unknown. Apple did just release new versions of the MacBook Air a few weeks ago. The MacBook Pro line was just refreshed in February, so any release for that product would have to be at least towards the end of the year.

Apple Refreshes The MacBook Pro Line-Up With Faster Processors And ‘Thunderbolt’ Port

It was just a few hours ago that we reported about the leaked specs of the upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro. Now, Apple has updated its online store with the next generation MacBook Pros.

As rumored, the new MacBook Pros sport a faster Core i5 or Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor from Intel. While the 13MacBook Pro sports an Intel 3000HD graphics card, the 15and the 17MBPs sport an AMD 6490M or a HD6750M graphics card, depending on the configuration you pick.


The hard disk storage capacity has been bumped across the range with SSDs of varying capacities being optional. Sadly, the number of USB ports remain the same as found on the older MBPs 2, and no they are not USB 3.0 ports. Apple lists the battery life of the new MacBook Pros at 7 hours. The ‘iSight’ camera has been renamed to Facetime HD’ as well.

As reported earlier, the new MacBook Pros sport a Thunderbolt’ I/O port, which is Apple’s implementation of Intel’s Light Peak technology.The new Thunderbolt port incorporates a Native Mini DisplayPort and can output videos to DVI or VGA using the suitable adapter. The port can also be used to hook up the MacBook Pro(s) to an HDMI monitor/LCD.

Along with the new MacBook Pros, Apple also released a developer preview of the next version of OS X Lion. Users can have a look at all the new features OS X Lion’ will bring here. OS X Lion’ is expected to be released sometime in summer 2011.

Next Generation 13” MacBook Pro Specs Leak; Sports A Thunderbolt Port!

The announcement of the next generation of iPad may be garnering all the limelight, but Apple’s range of premium laptops the MacBook Pro(s) are also due for an update. Now, a seemingly unpopular blog have managed to get their hands on a leaked document which contains the specs of the upcoming 13MacBook Pro.

According to the leaked document, the 13MacBook Pro will feature the latest Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor from Intel running at 2.3GHz. The Nvidia discrete graphics card currently found in the 13MacBook Pro has been replaced with the Intel HD Graphics 3000 IGP with 384MB of dedicated memory.

The hard disk space has also been bumped to 320GB (5400RPM). Other than this, there are no other major changes in the next generation 13MacBook Pro from Apple.


The iSight’ camera has now been renamed to Facetime HD’, with the HD moniker hopefully meaning that Facetime will soon support 720p or higher resolutions for video chatting. One new feature which the 13MacBook Pro will get is the Thunderbolt’ I/O port, which in all probability is Apple’s implementation of Intel’s Light Peak port.

Intel’s Light Peak port is capable of connecting to multiple devices and provide a staggering bandwidth of up to 10Gbps. The Thunderbolt I/O’ port should make its way to other higher spec’d MacBook Pros as well.