Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) is on track to launch a MacBook Pro which has a 13 inch Retina display, research firm NPD DisplaySearch said on Tuesday.
Production of the computer is expected to start in the fourth quarter, it said.
Analyst Richard Shim told CNET that Apple will be launching its second Retina display MacBook Pro offering later this year, reiterating earlier reports suggesting the laptop would be released in fall 2012.
According to Shim the portable computing device would have a screen resolution of 2,560 x 1600 pixels, somewhat lesser than the 2880 x 1800 pixels resolution in the 15 inch version.
The pricing of the laptop is expected to be somewhere between the 15 inch MacBook Pro which has Retina display and the 13 inch model without Retina display.
Shim said that the final price of the device is yet to be decided.
The new MacBook Pro is expected to release only after Apple launches its iPad Mini which is expected somewhere towards the end of October.
There were reports in August that 13-inch Retina displays bound for an as-yet-unannounced MacBook were being produced, with initial output volumes supposedly higher than the 15-inch model, AppleInsider said.
"If true, Apple is preparing for an onslaught of orders as the current MacBook Pro with Retina display saw stock shortages when it was first announced in June."