Sunday, October 21, 2012

Rumors: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro may be priced at $1,699

The 13-inch MacBook Pro that Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to unveil on October 23 is likely to be priced at around $1,699, a report by 9to5 Mac said.

This is the same day on which Apple is also widely expected to launch the iPad Mini.

"We have now received pricing information on the base model and the “best” model. We believe the entry model 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will cost roughly $1,699 at launch, based on wholesale prices we received, while the higher spec model will cost $200 to $300 more," the report said.

Apple has now adopted the strategy of introducing smaller version of its devices to cater to a segment that is more price conscious as well as presents a much bigger opportunity for the company.

The existing base model of the Retina MacBook Pro is now priced at $2,199 in the U.S., s a 13-inch version would retail for a much lower price.

"We expect these to be available shortly after launch, but we can probably expect some supply constraints as we saw with the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro," 9to5 Mac said.

It looks like most of the devices being launched by Apple in recent months will be subject to supply constraints due to problems with its component suppliers.

The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will have a display of 2,560 by 1600 pixels, the report said, the effective area being the same as the current models when used in pixel-doubled Retina mode.

Apple is also expected to announce new versions of its Mac mini computer and the iMac desktop.

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