The classic 13-inch MacBook Pro is a bit of an outlier in Apple’s current lineup of laptops, sandwiched between two cheaper MacBook Air models on one side and two Retina-equipped MacBook’s on the high-end. It’s also the last remaining MacBook with a disc drive, and it looks like it may be the last one ever. A new report from DigiTimes citing “Taiwan-based supply chain makers” claims Cupertino may discontinue the non-Retina MacBook Pro in the second half of 2013.
The Chinese news-site doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to scooping Apple announcements, but today’s rumor makes a lot of sense considering the direction the MacBook series has taken in the past few years. The company stopped selling its 15-inch non-Retina MacBook last year, so it seems only natural for its 13-inch brother to be pulled from production later this year.
The decision makes sense from a pricing perspective as well. Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air costs $100 less than the $1199 Pro, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is just $100 more. Apple could even drop the price on its Retina laptop to compensate, or maybe it will announce a new type of MacBook entirely as part of its promise to introduce some fresh products this year. We won’t know anything for sure until the second half of the year, when the company traditionally makes most of its big announcements.