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I disagree with the premise that the entry-level price of the Retina MBPs must match the current entry-level price of the non-Retina MBPs.  Also, if we look at the prices the resellers are now charging, it seems the costs are coming down as the yields are rising.  I don't expect any large margin drops, either soon or farther into the future.
I think it's a safe bet that Apple will drop the non-Retina MBPs when the Haswell MBPs ship. I suggest buying one soon then.  The non-Retina MBPs might not still be available this summer.
Why non-Retina?  Price?  Or is there something else about the Retina MBP that you don't like?
If you need to run Mac apps on a device roughly the size of an iPad, the 11" MacBook Air is the solution.
What does that mean exactly?  There is an app you want that is not available?
Considering how the Microsoft Surface and all other tablets of the sort you describe have been a terrible failure in the market, it would seem that Apple will not go there but rather will continue to produce what customers want.   It's already possible to use a bluetooth keyboard with an iPad.  Some 3rd parties make iPad cases with built-in bluetooth keyboards, though only about 1% of the iPads I see are used with keyboards.
Microsoft should concentrate on what they do well, hardware, and get out of the software business.
Yes, it's clear that the old, thick, and heavy MacBook Pro with the internal optical brick will go away.  I guess it will happen with the introduction of Haswell processors, but it might have to wait for the introduction of Broadwell processors.  It will depend on relative sales and on Retina display yields.   When Apple are able to consolidate their MacBook Pro line by dropping the internal optical brick, it might be an opportunity to introduce a 17" Retina MacBook Pro....
Compared to a 13" Retina MacBook Air, the 13" Retina MacBook Pro will have a much faster processor, probably 16GB (by then) versus 8GB of RAM, more ports, and longer battery life.
I used to the think there was a good chance that Apple would offer a 15" MacBook Air.  However, the release of the thin and light Retina MacBook Pro has dashed any such hopes.   On the other hand, the Retina MacBook Air is just a question of timing and will depend primarily on yields.  My guess is that, with the introduction of Haswell processors, Apple will drop the old heavy and thick MacBook Pro with optical brick and offer the MacBook Air with a choice of the current...
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