Is Apple Secretly Planning A Double Launch?

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is set to announce a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display alongside the iPad Mini at a forthcoming event, according to the 9to5Mac blog, which cited a “consistently reliable source at a high-profile U.S. retailer.”

Apple launched a 15.4-inch version of the MacBook Pro with Retina display at its developers’ conference in June as the most high-profile member of its current laptop line. That device, sporting a 2,880-by-1,800 and 220ppi display that prompted Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller to call it the world’s highest-resolution notebook, starts at $2,199. The pricing structure of the new, smaller laptop remains unknown, but the current standard 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,199.

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According to the source, while the 13-inch version of the notebook will have the thinner and lighter body of the 15-inch computer, it will be sold in two configurations with varying processor and storage options. And like with the 15-inch line, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display will be sold in addition to the current non-Retina model in the same size.

Rumors of the possibility of a 13-inch version started after KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors in July that such a product was in the works. Then last month, Digitimes reported that Apple suppliers were shipping a 13-inch version of the high-resolution display.

Apple has not spoken publicly of either the iPad Mini or the new tablet. However, the rumor mill has been rife with reports that the 7.85-inch tablet will be announced on October 23 as a rival to new devices from Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), among others.

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