Apple Retina displays are reportedly already in the supply channel for the rumored redesigned MacBook Pros, but they are not going to come cheap.
Retina displays for the revamped MacBook Pros could cost Apple almost $100 more per unit than the current screens it uses for its 15-inch Pro, which is the model expected to launch as early as next month.
Apple pays $68 per display on the 15-inch models now, and would pay $160 for the Retina display, according to DisplaySearch senior analyst Richard Shim. For its 13-inch model, Apple would have to start shelling out $134 as opposed to the $69 it pays now.
It's unclear whether that cost will trickle down to consumers, but it very well could.
Apple kept prices stable when it launched the Retina display on the iPhone 4 in 2010, and did so again this year with the new iPad. But the price hike for the new part on the iPad was only $30, and Apple was able to find a way to manage the cost without raising its price.