Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro rumored to start at $1,699

The smaller version of Apple's Retina Display-equipped Pro notebooks will carry a $500 price premium over non-Retina models, says a new report.

The Retina Display on the 15-inch model of the Pro.
The Retina Display on the 15-inch model of the Pro. Apple

The rumored 13-inch version of Apple's MacBook Pro with a Retina Display will cost some $500 more than Apple's existing, non-Retina 13-inch model, according to a new report.

Citing "wholesale prices," 9to5Mac says the 13-inch model of the notebook will start at $1,699 when it goes on sale next week. That's $500 less than the entry-level version of Apple's 15-inch model with a Retina Display, but also $500 more than the entry-level 13-incher on the non-Retina side.

Apple, of course, has not announced the smaller version of the Retina-equipped Pro, but its arrival has been expected for this fall. Production on the 2,560x1,600-pixel display began in August, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim told CNET .

Apple is rumored to be announcing the smaller model at its event next Tuesday , where the company is heavily expected to debut a smaller version of the iPad, and a refreshed Mac Mini and iMac desktops .

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