No sooner are we done with one barrage of new Apple product announcements and already the rumors are picking up for the next round. Today, Apple Insider has word of a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, which it forecasts will be ready to go on sale in early October, in time for the holiday shopping rush. The information comes from one Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI, whose recent track record has been exemplary. He accurately predicted that Apple would discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro ahead of that news becoming official at WWDC 2012, while also identifying the upcoming 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display as a separate product family from the incumbent MBP line. With such a credible history, Kuo's words deserve to be taken seriously.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro variant is expected to ship with a 2560 x 1600 resolution, doing exactly as its 15-inch sibling has done already in quadrupling the number of pixels on screen from the current 1280 x 800 res. Also similar will be the lack of an optical or a magnetic storage disk drive, which will help slim the chassis down to a supposed 18mm profile. What will be different, according to Kuo, is that the 13-incher will rely on Intel's integrated graphics instead of a discrete Nvidia solution. Production of the smaller Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro is expected to ramp up in September, giving the 15-inch model a good few months to dominate as the most desirable laptop in Apple's portfolio.