Rumors about upcoming Apple products are nothing new, and seemingly follow the Cupertino-based company year-round.
It's now October, and Apple still hasn't mentioned or even hinted at the possibility of such a laptop existing.
However, even analysts believe Apple will release a compact model of its Retina MacBook Pro, though it may come a bit later than originally thought.
Production to begin by Q4
DisplaySearch's Richard Shim thinks Apple will begin production on the 13-inch MacBook with Retina display later this year.
Shim originally predicted production would begin during the third quarter of 2012, but clearly that hasn't been the case.
Additionally, Shim still anticipates the smaller Retina screen to have a pixel density of 2560 x 1600, rather than the 2880 x 1800 the 15-inch model carries.
There's no indication about what price the new model might carry. However, Shim expects the 13-inch to come in at a more consumer friendly price than the 15-inch's $2,199 (UK£1,373, AU$2,147).
Until Apple makes a more formal declaration, we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed a smaller, more affordable Retina MacBook is on the way.
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