Apple’s MacBook Air has been one of the popular notebooks among buyers, especially after the 2015 model started retailing for less than Rs 55,000 in India. In June 2017, Apple refreshed the MacBook Air by bumping the processor’s clock speed from 1.6GHz to 1.8GHz. Now, if reports are to be believed, Apple could release a new 13-inch entry-level MacBook that will replace the existing MacBook Air.
According to industry sources, the new entry-level 13-inch MacBook could be released in second half of 2018, DigiTimes reports. The report also stated that General Interface Solution (GIS) is likely to win more LCD display orders from Apple for the new model the Cupertino giant has been planning. GIS has already started supplying modules for existing MacBooks since the fourth quarter of 2017.
When Apple first introduced the 12-inch MacBook, the aim was to replace the MacBook Air. However, the MacBook Air sales have been stronger compared to the 12-inch MacBook, thanks to its affordable price tag. Apple also introduced the 13-inch MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) as an alternative to MacBook Air, but it still costs about Rs 30,000 more.
Currently, the MacBook Air with its signature tapered design, is the only notebook from Apple that does not feature a Retina display. While Apple recently bumped its processor, it is just a minor update. And even with the latest report about Apple’s plans, substantial updates to the MacBook line aren’t expected.
As of now, there is no clear idea on form the new MacBook Air would take, but Apple would clearly make efforts to distinguish it from the existing models. Apple is also believed to use fullscreen OLED displays in future MacBook series, and it could retain LCD display technology for entry-level machines.
After the recent troubles with Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities with Intel chips, Apple is also reportedly looking to use ARM-based core processors for future MacBooks, which will also reduce its dependence on Intel. Rumors also claim that Apple is interested in building its own processors, which would help it differentiate its notebooks from other options available in the market.