Entry-level MacBook rumored to debut alongside 2018’s iPhones

Apple's 'entry-level' MacBook may land in September with a not-so-budget price

The sources are plentiful on this one with Taiwanese research firm TrendForce claiming that "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".

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. Other analytics have claimed that new entry-level MacBooks will pop up in either September or October.

The budget MacBook was expected to see the light of day at the end of a year ago. The company has an bad lot of ground to cover already: three new iPhone models, new AirPods, rumored iMac and Mac mini announcements, and the unveiling of Apple Watch Series 4.

Apple reportedly wanted to launch the 13-inch MacBook in the fourth quarter of 2017, but Intel kept delaying its 10nm chips, which forced Apple to redesign the MacBook, to make use of the existing 14nm Kaby Lake processors.


It seems that Apple's iPhone reveal event in September could be a packed one.

Either a four-digit price is something Apple actually considers affordable to the wider public, or this laptop isn't created to be entry-level at all.

With Intel deciding to wait until the second half of 2019 to begin manufacturing 10nm CPUs, Apple has switched the MacBook design to adopt processors based on improved 14nm Kaby Lake architecture.

The MacBook Pro gets a name drop in there, too, and while the future tense is used the publication is likely referring to the MacBook Pro lineup that was refreshed earlier this year. The current 13-inch MacBook air starts at $1,199.00 Dollars, while the 11-inch base model is just a hair under one thousand. Apple so far has no further plan for the iPad mini series. According to DigiTimes's sources, it will debut at around $193 (about £145, AU$258).

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