15-inch Retina MacBook Pro open

The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro has been the subject of speculation since Apple launched the 15-inch model at WWDC back in June. But according to “a consistently reliable source,” the wait could soon be over, with the notebook set to launch alongside the much-anticipated iPad mini this month.

9to5Mac reports:

Alongside the smaller iPad, Apple will debut a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, according to a consistently reliable source at a high-profile U.S. retailer.

The reports claims that the 13-inch device will be even thinner and lighter than the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (pictured above). It’s also expected to come in two configurations, each with different processors and storage options, and could be available to purchase soon after the event.

The non-Retina MacBook Pros aren’t expected to disappear completely; they will simply be offered as cheaper alternatives.

It’s unclear at this point exactly what the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will offer in terms of specifications. But like its bigger brother, you can expect solid-state storage as standard, USB 3.0 connectivity, and a HMDI port. You’ll also have to prepare yourself for life without a built-in optical drive if you’re planning to get one.

According to a recent report from AllThingsD, the iPad mini event will take place on October 23. If that’s the case, press invites should be going out today or tomorrow. We’ll let you know as soon as they do, of course.

Are you looking forward to the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro?

[Via: 9to5Mac]