First ever MacBook Air with Retina Display leaks alongside affordable MacBook

Mindy Sparks
March 12, 2018

The new design seeks to keep crumbs and dust out of Apple's laptop scissor switches.

Crucially however, the rumoured MacBook is set to have a price closer to that of the current generation of 13-inch MacBook Airs. If the entry-level MacBook features a $999 price tag, it will certainly be an impressive machine for those looking to experience the macOS ecosystem at a price that is less steep than spending on something like the MacBook Pro.

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.

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 chose to source the panels from Korea-based LG Display due to issues at the China supplier.

This entry-level MacBook can only be an Air model because the same report says the device is getting a 13.3-inch a-Si panel made by LG Display.

However, the new notebook would have a much more higher resolution than the MacBook Air's current 1440 x 900. The MacBook, meanwhile, has a 12-inch display with 2304 x 1440 resolution.

LG Display will start supplying panels by April this year.

Quanta / Foxconn will make a split of the orders 70 / 30 respectively.

According to DigiTimes Research senior analyst Jim Hsiao, shipments of the new MacBook could reach four million units in 2018 and there are lots of attributes that might contribute to these high number of sales. 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. The report adds more details about the refreshes expected in the iPad and iPad Pro product lines.

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