A report today suggests that Apple will be retiring the regular, non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro in the second half of 2014. The news comes via Digitimes, a somewhat hit-and-miss source that cites insiders in the supply chain, and claims that Apple will be taking the MacBook Pro line Retina only:
The sources pointed out that Apple has been reducing its MacBook Pro prices, narrowing the price gap between the MacBook Pro and the one equipped with Retina. Apple stopped producing the 15-inch MacBook Pro in 2013 and will end production of its 13-inch model in 2014.
So while the source isn't exactly bulletproof, it does make a certain amount of sense. The cheapest Retina model costs just $100 more. And at this point, it's so slim and light for what's inside it's as good as being a Retina MacBook Air. Sure, the regular 13-inch Pro is the last bastion for MacBook owners who want a physical media drive, but it's not as if Apple hasn't offered a solution to that since the very first MacBook Air.
I love the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. It's my daily driver and I can't say I've ever missed not having a CD drive, and once you've gone Retina it'd be tough to go back. With the relative price points and direction Apple has gone in recent years with the Mac App Store, maybe it is time to lay the old girl to rest? Or maybe you want to see it live on?