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First ever MacBook Air with Retina Display leaks alongside affordable MacBook

First ever MacBook Air with Retina Display leaks alongside affordable MacBook

Reportedly, the upcoming "budget" MacBook will borrow the MacBook Pro's 13.3-inch display that comes with a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels - panels for which are expected to be sourced from Korea-based LG Display.

First we had a rumour about an affordable MacBook and now more leaks have revealed two versions of this affordable machine plus a new Retina Display toting MacBook Air. These start at a much more entry-level price of £949 ($999) compared to the Pro's £1,249 ($1,299). That's a lot higher than the 1440 x 900 in today's Air and it's even sharper than the 12-inch MacBook's 2304 x 1440.

A Digitimes report published today notes that while Apple originally looked to reduce cost by seeking panel supply for the new MacBook from a China-based maker, Apple finally chose to source the panels from Korea-based LG Display due to issues at the China supplier. The difference in price estimates seems to be based on Apple switching display sources. The current MacBook Pro has the same 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution.




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.

This sounds similar to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's report that Apple has an update for the aging MacBook Air in the works. The new 12-inch Retina MacBook was seen as the Air's replacement, and Apple did kill the 11-inch model. The report doesn't mention an actual launch date for the new laptop, but a WWDC 2018 launch certainly makes sense. Quanta Computer's set to assemble 70% of orders and Foxconn the remaining 30%.

It also says that parts are also being produced for a new iPad Pro hardware upgrade destined to be released in the second half of 2018.


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