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Apple planning low-cost MacBook with Retina display and new Mac mini for pro users: Report

Apple last updated the MacBook Air last year with faster processor.

  • Published: August 21, 2018 5:41 PM IST

Apple is planning to revamp the lower end MacBook with faster processor and sharper display. The Cupertino-based iPhone maker is said to be working on a entry-level MacBook that will essentially replace the MacBook Air.

According to Bloomberg, the company is planning a new laptop that will look similar to the current MacBook Air but with thinner bezels around the display. The display is said to remain 13-inches but offer higher resolution Retina display, which is available only on premium models like the MacBook Pro. Apple had last updated the MacBook Air last year with faster processor but it still lags behind products from brands like HP and Dell, which offer latest chipsets.

Apple had launched 12-inch MacBook in 2015 and it was initially seen as the replacement to MacBook Air. However, its starting price of $1,300 did put off a lot of consumers who wanted an experience without sacrificing on utilities. The updated MacBook Air will be geared towards consumers looking for a cheaper Apple computer, the sources familiar with Apple’s plans told the publication.

Digitimes had recently reported that the company will launch the device at the end of September or early October. Bloomberg says Apple is planning to release new Macs in October following the launch of three new iPhones, Apple Watches with larger display and new iPad Pro later this year.

Alongside the entry-level MacBook Air, Apple is also said to launch a Mac mini desktop gear aimed at professional users. Apple has been reluctant to refresh Mac lineup for sometime and it updated MacBook Pro with latest processors but professional users have not been happy with the update.

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In order to address the needs of customers, Apple is planning the first upgrade to the Mac mini in about four years. The Mac mini is a box-shaped PC that does not include a screen, keyboard or mouse in the box and costs $500. Along the launch of entry-level MacBook Air and updated Mac mini, Apple is also planning macOS Mojave, the next iteration of Apple’s desktop operating system.

With macOS Mojave, Apple is adding new features like ability to sort files and run iOS apps like Stocks and News. Apple is also working on a modular Mac Pro aimed at designers and professionals that will debut sometime early next year. The Mac Pro is the most anticipated PC gear from the company and it will replace trashcan Mac Pro, which has not seen updates for four years.

  • Published Date: August 21, 2018 5:41 PM IST