Entry level Apple MacBook launch rumoured for June

Entry level Apple MacBook launch rumoured for June

Crucially however, the rumoured MacBook is set to have a price closer to that of the current generation of 13-inch MacBook Airs.

Currently, the MacBook Air is priced at $999 (£949 or AU$1,499), and the rumor claims the incoming model will be pitched at around that level, or perhaps slightly higher. Reportedly, the upcoming "budget" MacBook will borrow the MacBook Pro's 13.3-inch display that comes with a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels - panels for which are expected to be sourced from Korea-based LG Display.

The report explicitly refers to the product as a 13-inch MacBook, not MacBook Air.

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Apple is preparing to release a new entry-level MacBook during the second quarter of this year. News from Asia, however, says that Apple might not reduce the price of the laptop. It seems the company was looking to lower costs by seeking panels from a Chinese supplier, but issues resulted in the brand going to LG Display instead. At the same time, we will also be graced with a MacBook Air refresh, but this entry-level notebook may surprise us in the specifications department.

This sounds similar to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's report that Apple has an update for the aging MacBook Air in the works. This will be followed by mass production at the end of May or beginning of June.

70% of the orders will be handled by Quanta and 30% by Foxconn and Apple is likely to ship between four and six million units in 2018. The report also mentions that Apple's affordable 9.7-inch iPad and an upgrade to the iPad Pro will launch in the second half of 2018. The rumor mill is expecting at least one new iPad Pro this year, with a new bezel design, removal of home button, and integration of Face ID unlock.

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