Apple to launch 13in Retina display MacBook Pro at iPad Mini event?

Rumour has it the iPad mini isn't the only thing Apple has up its sleeve for later this month.

The Cupertino-based company is planning to debut a 13in MacBook Pro with Retina display alongside the iPad mini, according to 9to5Mac, which cited a "consistently reliable source at a high-profile U.S. retailer." Apple has not yet confirmed plans to launch the iPad mini, but the latest rumour suggests the company is planning to unveil the scaled-down tablet at a press event on Tuesday, 23 October.

While the iPad mini will likely be the star of the show, the smaller MacBook Pro with boosted Retina display will reportedly be made available in two configurations, with different processors and storage space. The laptop will sport the same thinner, lighter body as the larger, 15.4in model released in June, 9to5Mac reported, but will be priced higher than the current non-Retina display model.

The new information follows a report last month from Digitimes that said Apple suppliers are shipping a 13in version of the MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Apple unveiled the 15.4in version of its MacBook Pro with Retina display at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June. The screen comes in at 2,880 x 1,800 and 220ppi, which Apple's Phil Schiller said makes it the world's highest-resolution notebook. It starts at £1,799.

Rumours about a 13in version of the MacBook Pro Retina display started soon after. In July, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a note to investors that a new iPod touch and iPod nano, a tweaked iPad and new iPad Mini, as well as a 13in Retina MacBook Pro and two updated iMacs would hit shelves around the iPhone 5 release.