13-inch ‘Retina’ MacBook Pro Rumored to Start at $1,699

The rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display could go on sale at $1,699, reports claim.

The Cupertino based company is expected to unveil Tuesday its 13-inch MacBook Pro with the higher-resolution display alongside the rumored 7.85-inch iPad mini tablet. Photo: ferraru/Flickr

The price for highly anticipated the MacBook Pro will be $1,699 while a higher-end version of the laptop will cost about $200 to $300 more, according to a report coming from 9 to 5 Mac website.

“The base model Retina MacBook Pro retails for $2,199 in the United States, so the 13-inch varieties would create a more inexpensive option for those who also prefer a smaller device,” the website claims.

“We expect these to be available shortly after launch, but we can probably expect some supply constraints as we saw with the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.”

These reported prices are $500 higher than those set on available 13-inch MacBook Pros, whose base models go on sale at the initial price tag of $1199 for a 2.5GHz model, and rise up to $1499 for a processor upgrade to 2.9GHz.

Both base models include a 500GB spinning hard drive and can be further upgraded with faster processors and flash drives, Mashable reports.

In addition to the new Retina display, these higher prices can also be explained by the presence of a 128GB flash drive.

However, there’s still no official confirmation about what the Californial tech giant plans to introduce at its anticipated event on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The new Apple laptop is expected to feature a 2560 x 1600 resolution display and all of the ports that are available on the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, including a pair of USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, SD card reader and an HDMI port, BGR reports.

Aside from those fresh hints about the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the most widespread rumors include the emergence of a new iPad mini — a smaller 7-inch version of Apple’s iconic iPad.

Apple Inc on Tuesday invited press to a highly anticipated event which is scheduled on October 23 where a rival of Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc is expected to be announced – a smaller version of iPad tablet.

The next week’s event will be held at the California Theatre in San Jose, and the Cupertino tech giant has already sent out invitations that did not reveal details of the event, but hinted at something small with the words: “We’ve got a little more to show you.”

An Apple representative declined to reveal any further details. However, analysts have predicted for months that the company is planning to unveil a smaller, less expensive version of its popular iPad to take on cheaper competing devices.

The invitations came a few days after a new wave of rumors surfaces, suggesting that the anticipated tablet will only come in a Wi-Fi version – but there will also be a revised version of the iPad with 4G connectivity compatible with the UK’s Everything Everywhere network.

The expected smaller tablet is rumored to have a display between 7 inches and 8 inches and will be reportedly priced between $199 and $299.

iPad Mini is believed to challenge Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD tablet and Google’s Nexus 7, both of which feature 7-inch screens and re sold at $199. The first Kindle Fire, released last year, went on to grab about a fifth of the US tablet market, reports IBN Live.

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