First ever MacBook Air with Retina Display leaks alongside affordable MacBook

Alfred Osborne
March 12, 2018

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. Today the rumor continues from a second source stating that the "price tag is expected to be about the same level as that of the existing MacBook Air or slightly higher", which is contrary to KGI's prediction of it launching at a lower price. 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.

First we had a rumour about an affordable MacBook and now more leaks have revealed two versions of this affordable machine plus a new Retina Display toting MacBook Air.

Apple is about to announce a new entry-level MacBook with Retina Display some point in Q2 2018, a report has claimed, making an announcement at WWDC 2018 look likely.

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.

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Digitimes goes on to claim that Apple's preferred supplier for MacBook panels will be South Korea-based LG Display, considering the Cupertino giant had issues with a certain China-based vendor.

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

Apple wants to manufacture six million units this year, although analysts expect volume to reach only four million.

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

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