Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Retina Display may not have resulted in any price increase on the new iPad nor did it seem to make the iPhone 4 and 4S any costlier. However, this may not be the case when it comes to the next iDevice rumored to feature such high-quality display technology – the new MacBook Pro.
According to Richard Shim, a senior analyst from market research firm DisplaySearch, Apple is paying $68 per display unit on the present-day series of 15-inch MacBook Pros. For Retina Display, Apple would be paying $160.
That’s a difference of close to $100 for the MacBook Pro version that is expected to be unveiled and/or launched in June. As for the 13-inch variant of the MacBook Pro, Apple will have to pay $134 for Retina Display, which is almost twice as much as they are paying for the current display units.
Shim did not state whether Apple will be passing down these extra costs onto the customers, but there is a very good chance that would be happening. The reason the new iPad was not more expensive than the iPad 2 was because of the minimal $30 price difference between “ordinary” display and Retina Display. Things may not be the same with the new MacBook Pro, especially as Apple is facing a much more significant difference in cost.
On a positive note, he expressed confidence that the 15-inch new MacBook Pros should be good to go for a June release with Retina Display. For those wondering about the technical specifications of the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, Shim mentioned 2880 x 1800 resolution with 200 pixels per inch for the new display.