Originally Posted by s.metcalf
Since I'm in no particular rush, I've resolved to wait until Apple completes its next-generation portable lineup by adding 13" and 17" models and then I'll get a 13" retina MBP. This is bound to happen, it's just that Apple has a history of releasing the 15" first and following with other models as it did with the original PowerBook G4s and MacBook Pros. They do this for clever (albeit frustrating) marketing reasons.
I don't think Apple will redesign the 17" MacBook Pro at all. They've even eliminated the 17" MacBook Pro from the Online Store. I believe it's not even available at any Apple Store either, though I don't know what they'll do with the leftover stock (sell to third party sellers?).
The reason I believe they introduce the 15" MacBook Pros first is because they don't sell as many of them (though the new Retina MBP are shipping in 3-4 weeks now), and they want more time to build up stock before introducing the higher volume selling 13" MacBook Pros. I suppose it could be for marketing reasons, because the 15" MacBook Pros have always been the "top of the line" MacBook Pros, even though they cost up to twice as much.
Especially the New Retina MacBook Pros are near twice the cost of the respective "Better" and "Best" models. (87% more for the Best over the 13" MBP, and 83% more for the Better over the 13" MBP). I bet the BTO Retina "Best" model costs more than twice the cost than the BTO 13" MBP. With a quick check – the new Retina "Best" with the same
RAM and Storage amount is 2.37 times (137%) more expensive than the 13" "Best", (although it's HDD vs SSD).