updated 10:48 am EDT, Tue June 5, 2012
No sign of Retina display
A label photo posted on the Chinese forum Weiphone suggests that the forthcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro will only get relatively minor changes in its next incarnation, compared to pre-WWDC speculation that has been widely reported. Specifications indicate a 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge processor with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, and 4GB of RAM by default. The most notable additions are Bluetooth 4.0 and USB3, the latter of which would be a first for an Apple product if proven true. Apple has usually preferred to emphasize Thunderbolt, a high-speed port standard it co-developed with Intel.
Conspicuously absent is a rumored "Retina" display. Instead, the specs mention only a regular 1280x800 screen, despite hints that Apple would announce one or more Retina Display-equipped Macs as soon as WWDC on June 11th.
The specs in fact leave many other features intact, including RAM, hard drive space, and the SuperDrive. The claim of a retained SuperDrive casts some doubt on the veracity of the Chinese report, given that most reports claim the MacBook Pro line will lose the little-used optical drive in exchange for additional thinness along the lines of the MacBook Air.
The leak is attributed only to a "friend inside Apple," making it difficult to verify. It would contradict several other rumors, though conceivably Apple might simply have not had Retina Display hardware ready in time for a planned Mac refresh. Several Mac lines are said to be due for updates at this stage, and Apple may place more importance on having new systems ready for the launch of OS X Mountain Lion, which will ship sometime this summer.