Apple may be looking to phase out the non-Retina MacBook Pro in favor of an all Retina lineup.
Retina MacBook Pros are no doubt feathers in Apple’s cap, but it has kept the non-Retina model around just so customers not willing to spend much could have a choice. If rumors are true, it may be gearing up to take that choice away once and for all.
It has only been a few years since Retina MacBook Pro models were added to Apple’s notebook lineup. Their biggest feature was the “Retina display” that Apple had introduced to the world through the iPad 2. It goes without saying that the display quality was far better than what customers would get from a non-Retina MacBook Pro, but they had to pay a $100 extra for it, which meant that not all customers would go for it. The 13-inch non-Retina model has lingered around for quite some time now, so does this mean that its the end of the road for it?
History doesn’t tell a different story. Over the last couple of years Apple has discontinued the 17-inch MacBook Pro and just last year it phased out the 15 inch non-Retina MacBook Pro. Customers who do not wish to buy one with a Retina display only had the 13 inch model left, but its also the only model standing in Apple’s way, stopping it from branding its entire MacBook Pro lineup as Retina-only. So it doesn’t seem too far fetched to think that Apple might discontinue it.
If this happens, customers will then have very few choices available to them. Either they will have to settle for a MacBook Air, which doesn’t quite offer the power of a MacBook Pro, or they’ll have to buy a Retina MacBook Pro after all. Those who don’t opt for either will then have to take their pick from the dozens of other laptop manufacturers, though none of them are going to offer a pureblooded MacBook.