Cheaper 13-inch Retina MacBook Coming in June

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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.

As for its price, the 2018 MacBook Air is apparently going to carry the same cost as the current one.

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. These start at a much more entry-level price of £949 ($999) compared to the Pro's £1,249 ($1,299).

Digitimes is reporting that Apple will release a brand new "entry-level" 13-inch Retina MacBook in June, with a lower cost than the current 12-inch MacBook.

Hsiao pointed out that Apple originally looked to reduce cost by seeking panel supply for the new MacBook from a China-based maker, but the US-based vendor has made a decision to source the panels from Korea-based LG Display due to issues at the China supplier. Now that claim has gotten backed up by another report which differs slightly on the "cheaper" part.

According to DigiTimes Research senior analyst Jim Hsiao, shipments of the new MacBook could reach four million units in 2018 and there are lots of attributes that might contribute to these high number of sales. The MacBook variant is said to enter mass production by late May or early June.

Digitimes also says that upstream supply chain suggests that iPad upgrades are on the cards for launch this year.

Meanwhile, the upstream supply chain has recently begun shipping components for iPad Pro upgrades and a new cheap 9.7-inch iPad - a refreshed version of its 2017 counterpart. The tablet will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018, while new iPad Pro models are due in the second half of the year.

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