We'd guess that it'll likely be a good deal more affordable than the cheapest current means to get an Apple laptop with a Retina screen, which is the vanilla 12-inch MacBook that starts at $1,299 (£1,249 or AU$1,899). These are thought to be for a new MacBook Air, which now comes with a 1,440 x 900 resolution screen. The MacBook Air 2018 has already been announced for launch in 2018 and Apple intends to bring it to market during this year's summer for those who are still interested in the series. Instead, MacBook Pro feature Air owners wanted for years is finally making its way to the notebook.
We recently heard talk about Apple's plans to release a cheaper MacBook Air in the second quarter of 2018.
This entry-level MacBook can only be an Air model because the same report says the device is getting a 13.3-inch a-Si panel made by LG Display. The current MacBook Pro has the same 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution.
The new MacBook will reportedly enter mass production at the end of May or the beginning of June for a June launch, at which time it will face fierce competition from the likes of the Dell XPS 13 ($999) and HP Envy 13t ($899).
Quanta / Foxconn will make a split of the orders 70 / 30 respectively.
Although Apple has set a shipment goal of six million units for the new notebook for 2018, Hsiao expects the actual volume to reach only two thirds of the target since the product still has not yet reached a price point that can significantly stimulate its demand.
Apple's hardware release schedule is becoming more and more unpredictable, but in addition to at least three new iPhones, several refreshed iPads and MacBooks are widely expected out in the next few months by an increasing number of analysts, tech pundits and alleged insiders.