10 November 2018
Apple is reportedly planning to launch a more affordable 13-inch MacBook Air variant in the second quarter of 2018. The report came from Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who mentioned that the Cupertino tech giant might release a new MacBook Air “with a lower price tag” during the second quarter of 2018. The analyst expected the affordable MacBook Air variant will help push the MacBook shipments up by 10-15% in 2018.
The MacBook Air, which was launched back in 2008 by then CEO Steve Jobs, has not been updated since 2015 as Apple shifted the focus towards the 12-inch MacBook and the MacBook Pro. Currently, the 13-inch MacBook Air goes for $999 and features a 128GB PCIe-based storage, 1.8GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, a 1,440 x 900p display, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and Intel HD Graphics 6000.
Kuo also mentioned that the AirPods might see a “positive” shipment rate this year and the company will even introduce entry-level 6.1-inch models of iPhones in 2018.