There may soon be a 13″ version of Apple’s new Retina MacBook Pro, at least if online benchmarks are to be believed. A machine purporting to be a 13″ Retina MacBook Pro recently appeared in the GeekBench online databaseâ€”the second of such benchmarks to make an appearance in the last month. This time, however, the machine claims to be running a seed of OS X 10.8.1, which Apple has not yet released to the public or its developer community.
The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro sports a pixel format of 1280×800. A retina version would most likely be 2560×1600 with a 227 ppi resolution, higher than the 220-ppi 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display.
Update 2012.08.26: Brooke Crothers, CNET:
Production has begun of a 2,560-by-1,600 pixel density display that will land on a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim told CNET.
Rumor has it LG Display, Samsung, and Sharp will supply the 227-ppi 13.3-inch LCD. Production levels are expected to be much higher: up to two million for the 13.3-inch retina MacBook Pro versus a few hundred thousand for the 15.4-inch retina MacBook Pro. Like the larger 15.4 inch I expect the 13.3-inch retina LCD will be IPS.
While people accustomed to MacBook Airs probably think the 4.5-pound Retina is big and heavy, Iâ€™ve found it to be noticeably thinner and lighter compared to the previous 15â€ MacBook Pro. It no longer feels like a â€œbigâ€ laptop â€” few would argue if Apple just called it the 15â€ MacBook Air. Given this size reduction and the huge increase in power and usefulness over the MacBook Airs, I no longer wish that I was carrying a 13â€ Air instead: the Retina is small and light enough to alleviate that desire, especially knowing what Iâ€™m getting for the additional mass.
For people who need a bit more oomph and a lot more display this might change with a 13.3-inch retina MacBook Pro.