13-inch Retina MacBook Pro launch held up because high-resolution display production issues

Raymond Wong
13-inch Retina MacBook Pro might start at $1,699

Apple (AAPL) might have to delay the launch of its rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display due to low yield rates for the high-resolution displays, according to DigiTimes. The website reports that Apple had originally planned a September release for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, but had to delay it to October because of difficulties in producing the Retina display (rumored to have a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution). Just last week, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim reaffirmed his belief that Apple is still on track to release the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro by the end of Q4 with a price below $2,199. It’s unclear if Apple’s display suppliers will be able to meet the company’s strict quality-control standards for the holiday season.

In the same DigiTimes report, the website also claimed that iPad mini is “suffering low yields for components such as the display and chassis, causing the upstream suppliers to be unable to satisfy Apple’s orders.” That matches with what we’ve heard about iPad mini production issues related to the tablet’s anodized aluminum body.

[Via Apple Insider]



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