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Apple is looking to launch the 13-inch Retina MacBook either this September or early October

Apple is expected to release a 13-inch next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display this fall.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI, who provided the tip to Apple Insider, Apple is looking to launch the 13-inch Retina MacBook either this September or early October. Kuo has already correctly predicted that Apple would axe the 17-inch MacBook Pro and instead sell the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display along with a previous-generation without Retina.

The 13-inch next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display is expected to feature 2560 x 1600 resolution, a thinner body than the 15-inch version, no optical disc drive (solid-state flash memory storage only), Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, and an Intel Ivy Bridge processor with speeds over 2 GHz.

Apple's 15.4" MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Kuo said Apple didn't reveal the new product at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week because "of a low yield rate" as well as challenges with assembly.

Apple unveiled a number of new MacBooks at WWDC, including new 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs, new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros (without Retina display) and a 15.4-inch 2880 x 1800 display high-end laptop.

Source: Apple Insider

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RE: Super High Resolutions?
By tayb on 6/15/2012 11:02:14 AM , Rating: 2
Graphic design work is the only thing that really comes to mind for me. Outside of that it just makes everything looks nice and extremely sharp. I have to see one of these in person but these ultra high resolution displays are usually quite impressive.

RE: Super High Resolutions?
By StevoLincolnite on 6/15/2012 12:37:07 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget gaming benefits greatly. :)
But being a Mac... That wouldn't be the main use for the machine anyway...

RE: Super High Resolutions?
By Solandri on 6/15/2012 3:00:26 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, gaming is the best benefit I can think of. The dpi is so high at typical laptop viewing distance, it's overkill. It's not like a tablet or a phone which you can easily pull up to your eyes to get a closer look.

The problem with 1920x1080 for gaming (in general, but mostly on a laptop) is that it's too many pixels. Unless you have a high-end video card, you're going to suffer from poor framerates. The obvious solution is to lower the resolution to say 1280x720, but that leads to resampling and a blurry image since it still needs to be displayed on a 1920x1080 screen. Unless you can cut the resolution exactly in half. But half of 1920x1080 is 960x540. Way too low for any modern game.

Half of 2560x1600 is 1280x800. That's adequate for a game. So you get the best of both worlds - high resolution 2D display, and decent gaming performance with a typical 3D video card without a blurry resampled image in games.

By inperfectdarkness on 6/16/2012 3:49:44 AM , Rating: 2
i game on max settings all the time on my 15.6" MSI in 1080p. are you using integrated graphics or something?

RE: Super High Resolutions?
By fredgiblet on 6/15/2012 6:50:04 PM , Rating: 2
Not really. Your framerate will drop horrendously and on a screen that size you won't be able to tell the difference on action games and non-action games graphics aren't usually the point anyway. I'd rather max out the settings at 1920x1080 on a 19" monitor than play at low settings at 2560x1440 on a 15" monitor.

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