Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Apple Planning to Launch 'Entry-Level' MacBook, AirPower Charger in September

Apple Planning to Launch 'Entry-Level' MacBook, AirPower Charger in September

"TrendForce therefore expects MacBook shipments to again post a large QoQ increase in 3Q18, as Apple will be releasing a new MacBook Pro at the start of the quarter and a new MacBook Air at the end of the quarter".

Industry sources claim that the price for the 2018 MacBook Air will start at roughly $1,200. AirPower pricing will likely fall between US$160 and $195.

A brand new story says the cheaper MacBook will arrive in September, and that it might not be as cheap as initially expected.

Rumors and reports up until this point have forecasted Apple releasing a successor to the original MacBook or MacBook Air that would emulate either product's price point. As you know, old entry-level MacBooks and MacBook Air models costed $999 and $799, respectively. The latter device will replace the existing 10.5-inch iPad Pro, we're told, and both will include a newly-designed 18W power adapter with USB Type-C connectivity for faster charging.

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DigiTimes also quickly mentions an affordable 13-inch MacBook was planned for a late 2017 release, but has been delayed due to Intel pushing back its 10nm processor release.

According to DigiTimes, an English-language Chinese publication that covers tech supply chains, Apple might announce a new 13-inch MacBook powered by Intel's 14-nanometer Kaby Lake processors.

Finally, Apple's September iPhone event could be wherein we get the launch schedule for the AirPower wireless charging pad. In addition to revealing 2018's lineup of iPhones, Apple is now also said to be planning to introduce an entry-level MacBook.

Cutting down the number of models would simplify Apple's MacBook lineup from its current five-model lineup (13-inch MacBook Air, 12-inch MacBook, 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar) to just three, making it easier to differentiate the models.

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