Lower Priced 13-inch Retina MacBook Coming in June

Eloise Marshall
March 12, 2018

The company could have plans to unveil a lower priced Retina MacBook that replaces the MacBook Air at the event.

The new MacBook is slated to cost around the same price as the 13in MacBook Air, which, if you love having outdated tech, can be picked up for around £850. The new design seeks to keep crumbs and dust out of Apple's laptop scissor switches.

But a recent batch of rumors indicated that Apple is looking to introduce an even cheaper MacBook Air this year. The MacBook could feature a 13.3-inch a-Si panel with a resolution that is similar to that of the MacBook Pro; 2,560 x 1,600 pixels.

However, if this new MacBook is not in the "Air" family, it is likely we could see two new entry-level prices for the Air and Retina MacBook lines. And we've also heard more recently on the grapevine that Apple is planning to debut a new, cheaper 13-inch MacBook Air.

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

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 MacBook, meanwhile, has a 12-inch display with 2304 x 1440 resolution.

According to DigiTimes, Apple is expected to ship around four million units of this new 13-inch MacBook during the course of 2018.

Finally, the same Digitimes says that Apple is also going to release a new "inexpensive" 9.7-inch iPad, which will be a refreshed version of the current model. Apple sold slightly more than 5 million Macs in the company's first quarter for 2018, which is down 5 percent compared to previous year.

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