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Insider says 13 inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina arriving in October

Following Monday's WWDC 2012 rollout, an industry insider has indicated that Apple will now focus on bringing Retina display to 13in MacBook Pro laptops, with a release expected sometime this autumn and October ventured as the most likely month.

Having succesully launched two 15in laptops featuring the next-gen display, KGI analyst Ming-chi Kou has ventured that the Cupertino-based company will now intensify production efforts of a smaller model, with a view to launching it ahead of the highly lucrative holiday shopping season.

Like the 15in models now available - though significant shipping delays are expected with these due to suppy and demand issues - the 13in model is expected to lack an optical disc drive, instead relying solely on SSD flash memory storage.

It is also likely to feature an Intel Ivy Bridge processor and a clock speed of more than 2GHz, Kou says, and will be even thinner than the 15in notebook, with an expected thickness of less than 18mm. Resolution will be scaled down to 2,560 x 1,600 pixels in line with the slightly reduced screen size.

Kou has a good track record when it comes to predictions related to Apple, accurately predicting the dissolution of the 17in MacBook Pro model. He has also put forth a prediction that the next iPhone - iPhone 5 - could be as thin as 8mm.

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