Apple Might Release 13-inch MacBook Pro Alongside iPhone 5

A 13-inch version of the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display could be released later this year at around the same time as the iPhone 5, as reported by Taiwanese tech site DigiTimes.

DigiTimes, which boasts of several sources close to Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Taiwanese supply chain, reported that Apple has requested components for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, with production scheduled to start in Q3 2012.

This new model may launch in October, right on time for the start of the 2012-13 school year, and may drive Apple’s total notebook shipments up by about 30 percent on a year-on-year basis.

Talking about the new iPhone, Foxconn head Terry Gou touted the sixth-generation Apple smartphone as something that should not be missed. He described the iPhone 5 as something that would totally outclass the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is currently the hottest-selling smartphone on the market.

Foxconn is one of Apple’s leading contractors, and has been responsible for the manufacturing of several iPhones and iPads in the past. However, there may be a touch of bias to Gou’s statement, as he has been reputed as a person not enamored with Apple’s South Korean rival. In specific, Gou accused Samsung of “snitching” on four Taiwanese manufacturers regarding a 2010 price-fixing investigation.

The iPhone 5 is still slated for a fourth quarter 2012 launch, and has been reported to include a 4-inch display, the new operating system iOS 6 and 4G LTE (long-term evolution), among other key features.