The details come from the Japanese blog Macotakara, which points to a China Times report. According to sources cited by the Chinese newspaper, the new Retina MacBook Pros, which, by the way, were expected at this year’s WWDC, won’t be available until October, despite the Haswell-powered MacBook Airs that made their ways to Apple customers in June.
While it is rumour and it has to be taken with a grain of salt, like any other rumour, it’s worthwhile to note here that the October date is later than the launch Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities expects. His sources point to a mid-September release of the Retina MacBook Pro line.
Some whispered about continuous yield problems with the Retina display used in the products, which apparently lead to internal delays.
Also, the China Times notes that high-resolution LCD panels and SSD drive prices have seen a drop recently, although the price of DRAM is rising. This, however, won’t affect the price tag of the portables: Apple is expected to sell the new line of Retina MacBook Pros with the same price point as the currently available models.