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Apple to Cease Production of 13-inch Non-Retina MacBook Pro [Digitimes]

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Apple is rumoured to be ending production of the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro in the second half of this year, according to sources speaking with Digitimes. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is currently Apple’s only non-Retina product in the MacBook Pro line. The company had already stopped production of the 15-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro last year.

Apple is expected to stop production of the 13-inch MacBook Pro in the second half of 2014 and will replace the product line with thinner models equipped with a Retina display. Meanwhile, Intel will offer second-generation ultrabooks in the fourth quarter of 2014, pushing the notebook industry further into the ultra-thin era, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

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Those after a MacBook Pro can now choose between the 13-inch non-Retina and the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (as well as the 15-inch model), but the price difference between the retina and non-Retina model is only $150, which makes the high-resolution display model more appealing. The rumour corroborates earlier whispers about Apple discontinuing all non-Retina models.

Apple is also expected to upgrade the Retina MacBook Pros with the forthcoming Intel Broadwell processors, but the timing of the update is yet uncertain.

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  • Ian

    The BIG difference between the two is one is upgradeable, and the Retina is non-upgradeable.

  • Shameer Mulji

    Not surprised. Bound to happen some time.

  • George

    It’s unfortunate if it’s true. That’s the only model I’ll consider buying. I want upgradeable RAM and HD. I’m not picky on optical drive these days. I’ll be in the market for a new computer shortly, and since I’m not made of money, I’ll be getting the fastest 13″, add in a 1TB Seagate SSHD, and add RAM as I need it.

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