Apple to Launch New Entry-Level MacBook Soon


But unlike the MacBook Air and its now rather anaemic screen, the new MacBook will rock the rather lovely Retina display, which is known for having excellent colour accuracy and nicely polished pixels. According to online reports, this variant is expected to be priced similar to the MacBook Air range or a bit higher. 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. Instead, MacBook Pro feature Air owners wanted for years is finally making its way to the notebook.

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. That should make the old MacBook Air's 1,440x900 panel look like someone's smothered the display with Vaseline.

Digitimes claims that Apple was originally going to use a Chinese manufacturer to make displays for this new cheaper MacBook, but has ultimately chose 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.

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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.

The new MacBook is also reported to enter mass production at the end of May and will be ready for WWDC 2018. Quanta Computer won 70% of the orders, and Foxconn the rest.

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