9to5Mac citing a “consistently reliable source at a high-profile US retailer” is reporting that Apple (AAPL) is going to launch the long-rumored “13-inch Retina MacBook Pro” at its iPad Mini event, which is expected to be held on Oct. 23.
Details about the device are scarce, but 9to5Mac claims that the new and smaller computer will come in two different hardware versions, with differing processors and storage. The site also states that the new MacBook Pro with high-resolution Retina display will share the thinner and lighter enclosure of the 15-inch version that Cupertino released in June, and that the new model will go on sale shortly after launch, in time for the Christmas rush.
The report further said, the current 15-inch is codenamed ‘D2′, while the new model has been dubbed ‘D1′, internally. Pricing is obviously yet to be confirmed, but the new product will most likely be sold at a higher price than the standard 13-inch MacBook Pro. That’s all we know for now. More information, however, is likely to surface soon, as we get closer to Apple’s Oct. 23 invitation-only event, which according to AllThingsD, is likely to be held at Apple’s Town Hall Auditorium.