Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Lower Priced 13-inch Retina MacBook Coming in June

Lower Priced 13-inch Retina MacBook Coming in June

It's also possible that Apple will introduce a new 13-inch Retina MacBook as rumored here, and will also substantially cut the price of the existing MacBook Air to keep it as a more tempting entry-level option.

We're talking a starting price of $999... or "slightly higher", with a significantly sharper screen than the 1440 x 900 pixel count of the current "entry-level" MacBook Air.

The 13.3-inch a-Si panels for the new notebook feature the same resolution as Apple's 13.3-inch MacBook Pro at 2,560 by 1,600.

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A new report suggests Apple is readying a new "entry-level" 13-inch MacBook with a Retina Display that will be priced at around the same level as the current MacBook Air.

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. Now that claim has gotten backed up by another report which differs slightly on the "cheaper" part.

A non-descriptive rumor about a MacBook Air refresh surfaced earlier this month from KGI claiming its to debut in Q2.

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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.

70% of the orders will be handled by Quanta and 30% by Foxconn and Apple is likely to ship between four and six million units in 2018. LG will enter mass production at the end of May. LG Display will start supplying panels by April this year. The new 12-inch Retina MacBook was seen as the Air's replacement, and Apple did kill the 11-inch model. Apple is expected to release the new 9.7-inch iPad in the second quarter of 2018, and the new iPad Pro in the second half of the year.

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