13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display Might Have Production Issues, Suggests Rumor

DigiTimes, a Taiwanese consumer electronics industry blog that has been known for its interesting, yet often questionable reports, said Thursday that Apple, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display might be delayed due to constrained supplies of Retina Display panels.

Also believed to be affected by the supposedly dicey production situation are the next-generation iMac desktop computer and the so-called “iPad mini” tablet computer.

According to DigiTimes, weak yields of the proprietary Retina Display high-definition (HD) panels have been the biggest concern in Apple’s supply chain. This could lead to the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro being released later than originally expected.

Back in July, the astute KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the sixth-generation iPhone 5, new iMac and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will all be announced and released in September. Only the iPhone 5 was released last month, with the status of the other two devices presently in limbo.

The iPad mini, which has also long been rumored to be launching in October, may be delayed due to low yields for display and chassis features and parts.

Yield rate has apparently been a long-running problem in the manufacturing of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Kuo had also mentioned that this notebook was supposed to debut in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), but was scrapped for unveiling at that event due to a low yield rate. Only a 15-inch version of the Retina MacBook Pro was released at the WWDC.