13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro & Updated iMacs Release Date in September
iMacs and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro were first announced in Apple’s WWDC and since then we have hardly heard of them. But now all that has changed as KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo yesterday released a report which revealed the estimate release dates for all the yet to be released Apple products which includes iPod touch, iPod nano, iPhone 5, iPad mini and as well as the full sized iPad.
Kuo’s report also suggests that the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will also be released around the same time frame reiterating from his earlier claim that the device would launch before October.
Kuo explains in his report that according to him, the customers whose first priority was 13″ MacBook Pro and Air will now shift towards the 13” Retina MacBook Pro instead. Mainly because they both come with almost the same price tag, better power management and form factor. The report predicts that since the supply is limited due to the issues of panel and assembly yield, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is bound to be face a shortage while shipping the pre-orders.
The report suggests that the while the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro sales may be modest, the Retina displays are the future for all the Mac notebooks to come and next year we might see a boon in the Retina Display industry with other companies following Apple’s lead.
As for the iMac, Kuo says in the report that the Ivy Bridge featuring iMacs have been delayed because of some issues with screen lamination and with Apple’s supply chain suggesting that it will be a hard play to meet the demand for the launch due at the end of September.
“The chances of the new iMac debuting in September are slim. But, judging by the current supply chain situation, it could be rolled out by end-September.”
Here is a graphical representation of what according to Kuo, release date of Apple products will be.