I have never seen any speculation or rumor reported by DigiTimes coming true. Yet, the ever reputable (sarcasm) Digitimes would not stop rumormongering.
Digitimes has claimed that Apple has plans to release a 13” MacBook Pro with Retina Display this October.
Apple released the 15” MacBook Pro with Retina Display earlier this summer with the notable absence of a 13” model. Numerous reports surfaced before Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) predicting that Apple would only launch a 15” MBPwRD and later release a 13” version sometime in August.
Most notably KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo correctly predicted Apple’s WWDC plans. However, later he revised his 13” MacBook Pro with Retina Display predictions from an August release to an October release with production ramping up in September.
The new report in Digitimes claims that Apple has avoided supply problems plaguing other PC manufacturers resulting in delayed or decreased production and shipments.
Originally Posted by Digitimes :
As for Apple, the sources pointed out that Apple has demanded its upstream partners start supplying components for the 13-inch model in the third quarter and they have not yet heard anything about changing of schedule. As for when the product will launch, the sources believe the new MacBook Pro will have a chance to launch before October to catch up with the back-to-school season.
Apple also did not reduce its shipment forecast for 2012 and is still expecting its notebook shipments to grow 30% on year, the sources pointed out. — Digitimes
Looks like Apple’s formidable supply chain will once again be tested this holiday season with a new a iPhone, iPad Mini, and update to its iMac line rumored to be on the way.
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