Apple is planning to announce an entry-level Macbook variant by the end of 2018’s second quarter, possibly around the company’s developer conference WWDC 2018. According to an online reports, this variant is expected to be priced similar to the MacBook Air range or a bit higher. The upcoming “budget” MacBook will borrow the MacBook Pro’s 13.3-inch display that comes with a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels – panels for which are expected to be sourced from Korea-based LG Display. The report adds more details about the refreshes expected in the iPad and iPad Pro product lines.
According to Digitimes 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. Further, according to Digitimes Research senior analyst Jim Hsiao, shipments for this upcoming MacBook model are expected to reach four million units by the end of 2018. Digitimes goes on to claim that Apple’s preferred supplier for MacBook panels will be South Korea-based LG Display, considering the Cupertino giant had issues with a certain China-based vendor. LG Display will start supplying panels by April this year. The MacBook variant is said to enter mass production by late May or early June.