updated 10:53 am EST, Wed March 5, 2014
MacBook Pro line to go all-Retina
Apple is planning to discontinue the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro in the second half of the year, Taiwanese supply chain sources claim. Production of the 15-inch non-Retina model was halted last year. With the elimination of its 13-inch counterpart, the MacBook Pro line would become entirely Retina-based. Apple would, moreover, be jettisoning its last MacBooks with built-in optical drives.
The claim is unlikely to be controversial. Beyond getting rid of its 15-inch non-Retina laptops, Apple has also reduced the prices of Retina MacBooks, making them a realistic option for more shoppers. The company has also been shifting towards Retina exclusivity; the only major product lines without Retina options are the MacBook Air and the iMac.