Lower Priced 13-inch Retina MacBook Coming in June

Apple new entry-level MacBook to reach 4 million in unit shipments in 2018, says Digitimes Research

All this is speculation, of course, but we've heard previous rumors that Apple will be offering a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook, which could even potentially replace the MacBook Air. Currently, the $999 MacBook Air is the cheapest Mac you can buy from Apple. It's possible that Apple could keep the Air around, too, and reduce its price, but we doubt it given the dated components and ports.

Apple is about to announce a new entry-level MacBook with Retina Display some point in Q2 2018, a report has claimed, making an announcement at WWDC 2018 look likely. 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. These are thought to be for a new MacBook Air, which now comes with a 1,440 x 900 resolution screen.

The report notes that LG Display will begin supplying the panel in April, with the new MacBook Air expected to enter mass production in May or early June. The MacBook, meanwhile, has a 12-inch display with 2304 x 1440 resolution. Sources close to the matter claim that it will fetch a price tag that is around the same level as the MacBook Air.

Quanta / Foxconn will make a split of the orders 70 / 30 respectively.

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According to DigiTimes Research senior analyst Jim Hsiao, shipments of the new MacBook could reach four million units in 2018 and there are lots of attributes that might contribute to these high number of sales.

Finally, the same Digitimes says that Apple is also going to release a new "inexpensive" 9.7-inch iPad, which will be a refreshed version of the current model.

It also says that parts are also being produced for a new iPad Pro hardware upgrade destined to be released in the second half of 2018.

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