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13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Said to Carry 'Unprecedented' Battery Design, Same Port Layout as 15-Inch Model

With multiple reports now indicating that Apple will be introducing its 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro at next week's rumored media event, details on the machine are also beginning to leak out.

According to a forum thread [Google translation] posted to Chinese site WeiPhone.com last week, the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will indeed be launching late this month. The report claims that it will carry the same thermal design as the larger 15-inch model, but with only one contact pad indicating that it will not include a discrete graphics chip.

The source reports that the 13-inch model will include an "unprecedented" battery design and offer the same set of ports seen on the 15-inch model: MagSafe 2, a pair of Thunderbolt ports, a USB port, and a headphone jack on the left and a USB port, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader on the right.


The report's source has also added a pair of photos showing what is claimed to be the display of the 13-inch model wrapped in plastic atop the same part from the 15-inch model. It doesn't appear that part can be conclusively identified as for a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro given the poor quality of the photos and an inability to assess the thickness of the display assembly, but it does appear consistent with the 15-inch Retina display and lacks the "MacBook Pro" branding seen on the bezel of non-Retina models.


The forum poster does have at least some track record of obtaining photos of unreleased product parts, as he previously posted a photo of the current 15-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro's graphics chip and surrounding logic board components a day before the machine was announced.

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28 months ago
Not having discrete graphics could be a letdown.
Rating: 39 Votes
28 months ago

Apple's suppliers have been dropping the ball. I don't want to know about the product before Apple announces it. Somebody fix this.


Yeah, me neither. Wait, what am I doing on a MacRumors forum again?
Rating: 29 Votes
28 months ago
iMac Please!
Rating: 18 Votes
28 months ago
Apple's suppliers have been dropping the ball. I don't want to know about the product before Apple announces it. Somebody fix this.
Rating: 13 Votes
28 months ago

Apple's suppliers have been dropping the ball. I don't want to know about the product before Apple announces it. Somebody fix this.


You sir, are on the wrong site.....
Rating: 12 Votes
28 months ago
Hey there's actually been a lot of Mac news this week! What is this? Some kind of "Mac" rumors site? :mad:
Rating: 8 Votes
28 months ago
All Apple battery layouts are unprecedented. Because they keep changing the insides of their cases.
Rating: 7 Votes
28 months ago

I imagine the Air will be the last Apple product to go retina due to the limited battery space (and when that happens, the MBP will just go away)



Indeed, especially since the rMBP is known to lag with its discreet card.

Yeah I can't help but feel this may be a better product in a year or two. Discrete really seems like a must.
Rating: 7 Votes
28 months ago

On board Intel 4000 graphics driving a retina display?


Easily without a sweat.. Unless you're animator at Pixar, you'll be fine

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Personally, I'd go for the discrete graphics. It would seriously aid the performance of many intense apps, especially games, and relieve the CPU.


Buy a console for gaming
Rating: 7 Votes
28 months ago

On board Intel 4000 graphics driving a retina display?


Yeah, you know like on the current rMBP. Only with fewer pixels.
Rating: 7 Votes

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