Entry-level MacBook Air coming with Retina display in June

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The screen will have the same 2560 x 1600 resolution as the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Market intelligence reckons that the new MacBook will be priced in the same region as the existing MacBook Air or slightly higher. However its display size which is 13.3-inches does suggest that it would be of the MacBook Air variety, unless of course Apple is planning on introducing a 13.3-inch MacBook, which would actually make it more expensive and not cheaper. These start at a much more entry-level price of £949 ($999) compared to the Pro's £1,249 ($1,299). And we've also heard more recently on the grapevine that Apple is planning to debut a new, cheaper 13-inch MacBook Air. The MacBook, meanwhile, has a 12-inch display with 2304 x 1440 resolution. The difference in price estimates seems to be based on Apple switching display sources.

According to a report published today by DigiTimes, Apple is readying a new entry level MacBook laptop for release in June.

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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 made a decision to use LG Display due to quality issues from earlier test production. As for the assembly, Quanta Computer obtains 70% of the orders and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) 30%. The new 12-inch Retina MacBook was seen as the Air's replacement, and Apple did kill the 11-inch model.

Digitimes Research senior analyst Jim Hsiao expects shipments for the new MacBook to reach around four million units in 2018. 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. 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.

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