Apple to Launch New Entry-Level MacBook Soon

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The Digitimes report also points to Apple refreshing its iPad line in the second quarter and releasing a new iPad Pro during the latter part of 2018.

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Apple is expected to unveil a cheaper new MacBook at a price that's comparable to the current (and ancient) MacBook Air. News from Asia, however, says that Apple might not reduce the price of the laptop.

Whilst it seems like it will be cheaper than the current 12-inch MacBook which costs $1299, Digitimes is not very precise when it comes to pricing.

Apple was supposedly set to use a Chinese manufacturer to make the display for the new MacBook, however, as a result of quality issues, they are now using LG Display.

First we had a rumour about an affordable MacBook and now more leaks have revealed two versions of this affordable machine plus a new Retina Display toting MacBook Air.

LG Display will begin supplying the panel in April with the new MacBook scheduled to enter mass production at the end of May or the beginning of June. That's a lot higher than the 1440 x 900 in today's Air and it's even sharper than the 12-inch MacBook's 2304 x 1440. As for the assembly, Quanta Computer obtains 70% of the orders and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) 30%.

Apple wants to manufacture six million units this year, although analysts expect volume to reach only four million.

Meanwhile, the upstream supply chain has recently begun shipping components for iPad Pro upgrades and a new low-priced 9.7-inch iPad - a refreshed version of its 2017 counterpart.

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.

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