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Cheaper 13-inch Retina MacBook Coming in June

12 March 2018, 04:57 | Justin Tyler

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DigiTimes says its research shows the MacBook will use a 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600 resolution panel-the same as the current 13.3-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. These start at a much more entry-level price of £949 ($999) compared to the Pro's £1,249 ($1,299). These are thought to be for a new MacBook Air, which now comes with a 1,440 x 900 resolution screen.

Apple is preparing to release a new entry-level MacBook during the second quarter of this year. It's possible that the two analysts are ultimately talking about the same product, or that Apple will be dropping entry-level prices for both the Air and Retina MacBook lines.

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 chose to source the panels from Korea-based LG Display due to issues at the China supplier. The current MacBook Pro has the same 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution. The panel will come from LG Display.

A report by Digitimes reveals that Apple is indeed looking to bring back the "affordable" MacBook after having focused on its premium MacBook Pro variants for the past couple of years. Quanta Computer's set to assemble 70% of orders and Foxconn the remaining 30%.

Meanwhile, the upstream supply chain has recently begun shipping components for iPad Pro upgrades and a new low-priced 9.7-inch iPad - a refreshed version of its 2017 counterpart.

As for the new iPads, Apple is said to upgrade the current 9.7-inch model likely with a new processor and price it around $300 or so.

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