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New photos claiming to be of an as-yet-unreleased 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display show the purported laptop's battery cell and external connectivity options, which include two Thunderbolt ports, an SD card reader and HDMI output.

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Right side ports, from left: SD card reader, HMDI, USB. | Source: Weiphone


Ahead of Apple's Oct. 23 media event, a number of photos alleging to show a Retina display-toting 13-inch MacBook Pro surfaced on Friday, offering what could be hints to the rumored machine's hardware specs.

The images, which come from Chinese language forum Weiphone (via MacRumors), show what is claimed to be the port configuration, battery cell array and other particulars of the rumored Apple laptop.

MacBook Pro Thunderbolt
Left side ports, from left: MagSafe 2, two Thunderbolt, USB.


Surprisingly, the allegedly leaked machine looks to be in working order, and is shown running Windows 7 at 2,560-by-1,600 pixels, lending evidence to rumors in August that claimed display makers were producing screens with an identical resolution.

Also shown are multiple close-up shots of the purported machine's logic board, 8GB of Elpida RAM and screen assembly.

MacBook Pro Battery
Battery cell layout.


While the legitimacy of the images cannot be confirmed, the parts do line up with rumors suggesting Apple will soon release a Retina display carrying version of its smallest MacBook Pro.

It was reported earlier in October that low yields of the expected 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro's high-resolution display forced Apple to delay the device's launch.

Apple is widely expected to unveil a small form factor iPad, dubbed "iPad mini" by the media, at a special event next week, with sources saying the company is also likely to introduce a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.
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Left side ports, from left: MagSafe 2, two Lightning, USB.

 

Those aren't Lightning ports.  They're Thunderbolt.

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Maybe that's "it"... that's all...

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post #4 of 32
I hope there are LED lights glowing from my USB ports because otherwise it's no sale. /s

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post #5 of 32
nice that they didn't show the whole unit so you can't tell if it's a 13 inch or a 15 inch.

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nice that they didn't show the whole unit so you can't tell if it's a 13 inch or a 15 inch.

 

Makes one wonder who is really behind these "leaks".

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nice that they didn't show the whole unit so you can't tell if it's a 13 inch or a 15 inch.

Narrower border between the keyboard and the edge of the body. I'm looking at my 15" and comparing to the photo.

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Makes one wonder who is really behind these "leaks".

It's the guy with the purple carpet from the 70s

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post #9 of 32
Shouldn't that read two Thunderbolt ports?
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Also looks like they have moved the speakers to another location. I can't see any speaker holes in that photo where they are on the 15 and used to be on the 13.

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Maybe that's "it"... that's all...
Imagine what the Wall Street destroyers do to AAPL stock if Apple doesn't deliver a mini iPad?
Well, with the stock hovering around $600, it's becoming an attractive buy again.


Well I don't know if this has been mentioned before but I was looking at the Apple invitation they sent out the other day.

You can tell that the colored waves are in the same shape (but bigger) than the white apple, which seems to indicate the white apple is shrinking.

I don't see what else it'd be at this point, especially with all these leaks of an iPad mini.

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Again with the teaser photos. If you've got your hands on an actual unit, TAKE A PICTURE OF THE WHOLE THING.

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post #14 of 32
Let's just hope that they keep the pricing realistic/reasonable... though one might question the benefit of going 'retina' on these smaller screens, other than just to add said 'marketing-term' to yet another device.
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Any mention anywhere about SSD drive? I imagine that would be consistent but am curious how it might be differentiated from MacBook Air (unless the plan is not to introduce RD for MBA in the future).

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nice that they didn't show the whole unit so you can't tell if it's a 13 inch or a 15 inch.

 

Really? the lack of the speakers on the side of the keyboard wasn't big enough a clue? or match the battery layout photos. It definitely appears legit.

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post #17 of 32
I always love it when rumour begins to morph into reality...

Seriously, this machine can't arrive soon enough. It's way overdue and I'm ready to buy. I just wonder what it's going to cost with a 768 GB SSD hard drive?
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I always love it when rumour begins to morph into reality...
Seriously, this machine can't arrive soon enough. It's way overdue and I'm ready to buy. I just wonder what it's going to cost with a 768 GB SSD hard drive?

It's interesting that the 15" RMBP came first when the larger display would be more difficult and more costly to produce. Of course, that doesn't take into consideration factors like popularity of 15" MBP over 13" MBP, the ability to roll in the high cost into the higher priced machine, and the marketing aspects of it; but it's still interesting to me.

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It's interesting that the 15" RMBP came first when the larger display would be more difficult and more costly to produce. Of course, that doesn't take into consideration factors like popularity of 15" MBP over 13" MBP, the ability to roll in the high cost into the higher priced machine, and the marketing aspects of it; but it's still interesting to me.

The 15" had some display issues. The LG made display exhibited some unexpected image persistance problems where as the Samsung display did not. We don't know where the 13" displays come from yet. Thankfully my 15" has the Samsung display so I am relieved that I don't have the issues that others are complaining about. I tested all of the demo machines at the Apple store and 5 out of 6 on the table had the LG display however they were all the low end model. Mine is the high end model and has Samsung so perhaps Apple was aware of the issue early on and put the better displays in the high end model.

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That site says the thermal connections suggest that there isn't a dedicated GPU. 9too5Mac says the entry model will be $1699.

It's looking like the spec will be the following:

dual-core i5
HD 4000
2560 x 1600
256GB SSD
8GB soldered RAM
dual Thunderbolt
dual USB 3
HDMI
SD slot
$1699

Given that the 13" Air is $1499 for a ULV i5, 256GB SSD, 4GB RAM, HD 4000, it's not that bad. You basically get an extra TB port, 4GB RAM, a faster CPU and a Retina screen for $200.

I think the HD 4000 will seriously struggle running at that resolution though, especially with up to 3 external displays attached. There's no way it'll run Diablo 3 at full res at any playable frame rates.

Ultrabook makers can fit a 640M into Ultrabooks, there's no reason one couldn't go into a $1699 Macbook Pro.
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That site says the thermal connections suggest that there isn't a dedicated GPU. 9too5Mac says the entry model will be $1699.
It's looking like the spec will be the following:
dual-core i5
HD 4000
2560 x 1600
256GB SSD
8GB soldered RAM
dual Thunderbolt
dual USB 3
HDMI
SD slot
$1699
Given that the 13" Air is $1499 for a ULV i5, 256GB SSD, 4GB RAM, HD 4000, it's not that bad. You basically get an extra TB port, 4GB RAM, a faster CPU and a Retina screen for $200.
I think the HD 4000 will seriously struggle running at that resolution though, especially with up to 3 external displays attached. There's no way it'll run Diablo 3 at full res at any playable frame rates.
Ultrabook makers can fit a 640M into Ultrabooks, there's no reason one couldn't go into a $1699 Macbook Pro.

Nice but disappointing find. I'm not a "GPU guy" but that does seems like an issue. Even with thinning it out I thought the removal of the HDD and ODD would allow for at least some dGPU to power 4x the resolution.

Not that I personally care as I'll be letting go of my 13" MBP after having nearly every model and PB's before that for over a decade in favour of an iMac for home use, and my iPad and iPhone for portability.

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I hope there are LED lights glowing from my USB ports because otherwise it's no sale. /s

 

Think that you were safe on this post without the sarcasm tag... risky of course but survivable.

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The images must have been captured with an iPhone 5, given the purple haze!

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No discrete GPU no buy. I'll just hold on to my MacBook Pro longer.

Your move Apple!

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post #25 of 32
Yeah, I think a discrete GPU would be important to distinguish from the 13" Air. Not sure the extra ports and retina display are worth the weight.
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No discrete GPU no buy. I'll just hold on to my MacBook Pro longer.
Your move Apple!

I'll echo that thought on the floating point coprocessor. It's a no-go without one!

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I'll echo that thought on the floating point coprocessor. It's a no-go without one!

 

Lol! (At least I know to what you are referring!)

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post #28 of 32
As long as they don't ruin the machine with crud intel only graphics I'll be buying one, haven't replaced my ageing 2008 13" MacBook Aluminium due to Apple trying to fob people off with Intel Graphics in a pro machine.
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post #29 of 32

Anyone know (or guess) the weight difference between this and the MBA13?  Trying to figure out whether its worth the upgrade.  Definitely need the RAM.

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Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post
Imagine what the Wall Street destroyers do to AAPL stock if Apple doesn't deliver a mini iPad?

 

We don't have to imagine. They'll destroy it because Apple's updating the real iPad so early.


Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post
Again with the teaser photos. If you've got your hands on an actual unit, TAKE A PICTURE OF THE WHOLE THING.

 

These pictures have the same feel to them as those leaked of the casing of the unibody MacBook Pro. This is very real, in my book.

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Anyone know (or guess) the weight difference between this and the MBA13?  Trying to figure out whether its worth the upgrade.  Definitely need the RAM.

If you go by the weight reduction in the 15", the 13" will likely be 1.52-1.63kg (3.35-3.59lbs) vs the Air's 1.35kg (2.96lbs). Around 20% heavier than the Air at most where the current one is over 50% heavier.

I think as the prices of these Retina machines drop, they will have to start culling some of the old lineup. There is no point in having a $1499 Air and $1499 Retina MBP with the Air only being 0.5lb lighter at best. Hopefully this will happen next year.
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If you are right about that weight reduction, I am all for it.  I will never notice the extra 1/3 pound, but I will definitely notice the increased speed and the increased RAM a 13" RD would have.  My only concern will be that high density display on a 13" but I will check it out in the store next week!

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