Apple wowed the industry when it unveiled its 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina earlier in the year, and ever since commentators have speculated over whether (and when) we'll see Retina models arriving in other sizes. The latest conjecture comes courtesy of an analyst stating supply chain indications reveal production commenced this quarter on 13.3-inch Apple displays with a 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution.
According to the analyst, the displays, which are being manufactured for Apple by Samsung, LG and Sharp, are intended for a 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro, suggesting Apple is reserving the higher-resolution technology for its more premium-focused Pro models in the short term (and keeping Retina out of its more wallet-friendly Air for now). The key benefits of a 13-inch MBP Retina would be a smaller, lighter footprint, not to mention price; starting at $2,499, the current 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro might offer the best display in the notebook market but it's far from being the most affordable.