Entry level Apple MacBook launch rumoured for June


We're talking a starting price of $999... or "slightly higher", with a significantly sharper screen than the 1440 x 900 pixel count of the current "entry-level" MacBook Air.

Perhaps when the new accessibly priced MacBook reaches the market in June it will sport one of Apple's new patented keyboard designs.

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. Instead, MacBook Pro feature Air owners wanted for years is finally making its way to the notebook.

Digitimes is reporting that Apple will release a brand new "entry-level" 13-inch Retina MacBook in June, with a lower cost than the current 12-inch MacBook.

The new report, from Digitimes Research, points to Apple sourcing screens from LG Display, with a sharp resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. And we've also heard more recently on the grapevine that Apple is planning to debut a new, cheaper 13-inch MacBook Air.

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

Hsiao pointed out that Apple originally looked to reduce cost by seeking panel supply for the new MacBook from a China-based maker, but the US-based vendor has chose to source the panels from Korea-based LG Display due to issues at the China supplier. The report doesn't mention an actual launch date for the new laptop, but a WWDC 2018 launch certainly makes sense.

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.

At least that's according to Digitimes' researchers who reckon a new MacBook is coming in the second quarter of 2018 and will look to basically replace the venerable 13in MacBook Air.