Entry level Apple MacBook launch rumoured for June

Maricris Jose
            		      4:40 PM

The new 12-inch Retina MacBook was seen as the Air's replacement, and Apple did kill the 11-inch model. The new design seeks to keep crumbs and dust out of Apple's laptop scissor switches. This is the same as the current generation MacBook Pro. 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.

The source claims that LG Display has been tasked with making more panels with a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution - aka Retina Displays. The current MacBook Pro has the same 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution.

The new MacBook will reportedly enter mass production at the end of May or the beginning of June for a June launch, at which time it will face fierce competition from the likes of the Dell XPS 13 ($999) and HP Envy 13t ($899).

A Digitimes report published today notes that while Apple originally looked to reduce cost by seeking panel supply for the new MacBook from a China-based maker, Apple finally made a decision to source the panels from Korea-based LG Display due to issues at the China supplier.

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Quanta will produce 70% of the units of the new MacBook Air 2018, while Foxconn will produce 30% of them, and the new laptop should be announced at WWDC 2018 in June.

Apple's hardware release schedule is becoming more and more unpredictable, but in addition to at least three new iPhones, several refreshed iPads and MacBooks are widely expected out in the next few months by an increasing number of analysts, tech pundits and alleged insiders.

The MacBook Air 2018 is about to be produced in approximately 6 million units in 2018, so Apple doesn't seem to have big expectations about the sales of their new product. The report also mentions that Apple's affordable 9.7-inch iPad and an upgrade to the iPad Pro will launch in the second half of 2018.



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