Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

First ever MacBook Air with Retina Display leaks alongside affordable MacBook

First ever MacBook Air with Retina Display leaks alongside affordable MacBook

The report says the 13-inch Retina MacBook will be priced around the current MacBook Air's $999 price tag. While DigiTimes doesn't explicitly refer to an incoming MacBook Air, it's still conceivable that this report is talking about a refreshed Air - although we don't think it's very likely that Apple would make major changes to the Air lineup given the lack of attention the company has paid to the range in recent times.

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.

Interestingly enough, Apple's alleged target of six million shipments is forecasted to fall short by a third as Digitimes believes the new price might not be enough to attract buyers. Instead, MacBook Pro feature Air owners wanted for years is finally making its way to the notebook. The screen will have the same 2560 x 1600 resolution as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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.

The MacBook Air 2018 will have the new displays delivered by LG somewhere in April and the production of the new Apple's laptops should begin by the end of May or early June.

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

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. 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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