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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