Apple’s October 23 event has been in the spotlight for a while now. It is neither confirmed officially nor the venue is known. But with the reports that are coming in, it seems that the event is for real. The main part of the event is for the iPad Mini introduction. And it is also expected that Apple will be unveiling its smaller size 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display at the same event.
This month of October will be quite an eventful one with Windows 8 coming on 26th along with Microsoft Surface, followed by Windows Phone 9 on 29th. Apple may be trying to steal the heat by announcing its new tablets and laptop prior to Microsoft’s major releases.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina Display is thinner and lighter than that of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display which was released earlier. According to the reports, 13-inch MacBook Pro will carry the same thermal design as the larger 15-inch model, but with only one contact pad indicating that discrete graphics chip is excluded. And further reports that the 13-inch model will include an “unprecedented” battery design and offering same set of ports seen on the 15-inch model: MagSafe 2, a pair of Thunderbolt ports, a USB port and a headphone jack are on the left side. And a USB port, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader are on the right side.
This new 13-inch MacBook Pro will be shipping out in two configurations of different processors and storage. It is likely to be available soon in the market after the announcement.
The price tag and color of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is still not yet known but the price will be more than the current non-Retina Display.