Is Apple Building A NEW Retina MacBook?

A high-resolution display bound for a rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is now in production, according to an analyst citing upstream supply chain sources, with initial output volumes expected to be higher than the current 15-inch version.

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According to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, the display purportedly being produced for the smallest MacBook Pro has a resolution of 2,560-by-1600 pixels, compared to the current version’s 1,280-by-800 pixel screen.

“The supply chain indications are that it’s for a MacBook Pro 13.3 — not a MacBook Air,” Shim said.

Shim goes on to say that Samsung, LG Display (NYSE:LPL), and Sharp are all producing the new 13-inch panel to meet a higher initial volume than was available when the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display launched in June. Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock of that laptop quickly dwindled, supply fell short of demand, and until recently, consumers were met with long wait-times when ordering their computers.

“With 15.4 it’s production of a few hundred thousand units versus one to two million for the 13.3,” Shim said, though he prefaced the estimates by noting that figures depend on yield rates at parts manufacturers.

The production timeline for the alleged laptop could point to a fall debut, in line with previous reports that Apple would be launching a 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro in September. The rumor gives credence to multiple sightings of an unknown MacBook Pro seen on online benchmarking site Geekbench.

Shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) finished Friday at $665.24 per share, up over 64% year-to-date.

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