IF YOU'VE BEEN WAITING for a new entry-level MacBook then you could be in luck as Apple is reportedly poised to launch an entry-level laptop with a 13.3in Retina display.
The new MacBook design will be based around a 13.3-inch display panel, made by LG, with the same resolution as the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro at 2,560 x 1,600 pixels.
Ming-Chi Kuo says the new laptop is coming this year and DigiTimes says it's coming in June. New iPad Pros are also expected which will see more impressive upgrades including reduced bezel size, Face ID, and no home button. The screen will have the same 2560 x 1600 resolution as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
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 13-inch MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook both now start at $1,299, and Apple could really use a more affordable option in it lineup. As for the assembly, Quanta Computer obtains 70% of the orders and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) 30%.
Apple has purportedly set a shipment goal of six million units in 2018; however, Digitimes Research senior analyst Jim Hsiao expects shipments to reach around four million units due to its price point.
It's unclear when Apple might reveal these new products, but if past year is any indication, WWDC 2018 seems to be as good a place as any.
A Eurasian regulatory filing also states that new parts are being produced for a new iPad Pro which will be released in the second half of the year.