First ever MacBook Air with Retina Display leaks alongside affordable MacBook

  • First ever MacBook Air with Retina Display leaks alongside affordable MacBook

First ever MacBook Air with Retina Display leaks alongside affordable MacBook

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.

Ming-Chi Kuo says the new laptop is coming this year and DigiTimes says it's coming in June.

All this is speculation, of course, but we've heard previous rumors that Apple will be offering a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook, which could even potentially replace the MacBook Air.

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.

This would be the first Retina Display toting MacBook Air, which makes sense as a way to differentiate it from the new affordable MacBooks. 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.

However, the new notebook would have a much more higher resolution than the MacBook Air's current 1440 x 900.

Hsiao pointed out that Apple originally looked to reduce cost by seeking panel supply for the new MacBook from a China-based maker, but the US-based vendor has made a decision to source the panels from Korea-based LG Display due to issues at the China supplier.

Digitimes Research senior analyst Jim Hsiao expects shipments for the new MacBook to reach around four million units in 2018.

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

As for the new iPads, Apple is said to upgrade the current 9.7-inch model likely with a new processor and price it around $300 or so.