Apple to discontinue production of non-Retina MacBook Pro in 2014

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According to Digitimes, who cites anonymous Taiwan-based industry sources, Cupertino has decided to cease production and sales of its 13″ non-Retina MacBook Pro, the only model with optical drive.

“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,” the report reads.

The company had already stopped producing its 15-inch non-Retina MacBook format last year.

The classic 13-inch MacBook Pro is challenged by the lower prices of other Apple devices.

The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is priced at $1,299, whereas the 13.3-inch MacBook Air costs $1,099. By contrast, the classic 13-inch MacBook Pro costs $1,199.

The publication also adds that Intel will bring thinner ultrabooks in the fourth quarter of this year.