Yesterday we brought you news that Apple may have a 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display in the works. It seems that references to a MacBook Pro with the model number 10,2 were found in the usage data for the MiniBatteryLogger utility. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display unveiled during Monday’s WWDC 2012 keynote is the MacBook Pro 10,1. While it’s possible that the 10,2 is a 17-inch model, it’s more likely that it’s a 13-inch version, in keeping with Apple’s probable plans to have the next generation MacBook Pro supplant the older version.
Now it seems that this 13-inch retina display MacBook Pro may be launching in October. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI, reportedly told AppleInsider that production of a 13-inch next-gen MacBook Pro will be ramping up in September with a targeted launch date of early October.
Of course, none of this is confirmed, so it’s technically just a rumor at this point. On the other hand, this particular analyst has a pretty impressive track record lately. He was the first to predict – all the way back in April – that Apple might discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro (which they did). He was also the first to predict that Apple would launch an entirely new MacBook line alongside the current model of MacBook Pro. That, of course, is exactly what they did (though they chose to retain the “MacBook Pro” name). Given the way Kuo’s predictions have panned out so far, it’s probably pretty safe to say that we will, in fact, be seeing a 13-inch version of the new MacBook Pro in time for the holiday shopping season.