Apple to Launch New Entry-Level MacBook Soon

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

Apple might be releasing an entry-level MacBook and refreshing the iPad lineup

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. The company could have plans to unveil a lower priced Retina MacBook that replaces the MacBook Air at the event.

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. 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. New iPad Pros are also expected which will see more impressive upgrades including reduced bezel size, Face ID, and no home button.

The latest Digitimes Research forecast calls for a new "entry-level MacBook" release slated for the "end of the second quarter", with a high-res 2,560 x 1,600 display in tow. The current MacBook Pro has the same 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution.

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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. The MacBook, meanwhile, has a 12-inch display with 2304 x 1440 resolution. Market intelligence reckons that the new MacBook will be priced in the same region as the existing MacBook Air or slightly higher.

Quanta / Foxconn will make a split of the orders 70 / 30 respectively. The new entry-level iPad will reportedly launch in Q2 2018. The tablet will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018, while new iPad Pro models are due in the second half of the year.

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.

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