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.
A report by Digitimes reveals that Apple is indeed looking to bring back the "affordable" MacBook after having focused on its premium MacBook Pro variants for the past couple of years. Currently, the $999 MacBook Air is the cheapest Mac you can buy from Apple.More news: Seoul envoy thanks Xi for 'big role' in NKorea nuclear talks
The MacBook Air 2018 has already been announced as a cheaper laptop that Apple wants to launch for it customers, in order to increase sales for the mode. Instead, MacBook Pro feature Air owners wanted for years is finally making its way to the notebook. Reportedly, the upcoming "budget" MacBook will borrow the MacBook Pro's 13.3-inch display that comes with a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels - panels for which are expected to be sourced from Korea-based LG Display.
A new report suggests Apple is readying a new "entry-level" 13-inch MacBook with a Retina Display that will be priced at around the same level as the current MacBook Air.More news: Google Doodle Remembers British Chemist Sir William Henry Perkin
Current MacBook Air models sport 13.3-inch screens with 1440 x 900 resolution.
Digitimes claims that Apple was originally going to use a Chinese manufacturer to make displays for this new cheaper MacBook, but has ultimately made a decision to use LG Display due to quality issues from earlier test production. 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. Apple sold slightly more than 5 million Macs in the company's first quarter for 2018, which is down 5 percent compared to past year.More news: Syracuse earns NCAA tournament bid, will play Arizona State Wednesday