Hsiao pointed out that Apple originally looked to reduce cost by seeking panel supply for the new MacBook from a China-based maker, but the US-based vendor has chose to source the panels from Korea-based LG Display due to issues at the China supplier.
But a recent batch of rumors indicated that Apple is looking to introduce an even cheaper MacBook Air this year. It's possible that Apple could keep the Air around, too, and reduce its price, but we doubt it given the dated components and ports. Instead, MacBook Pro feature Air owners wanted for years is finally making its way to the notebook.
The 13.3-inch a-Si panels for the new notebook feature the same resolution as Apple's 13.3-inch MacBook Pro at 2,560 by 1,600.
Current MacBook Air models sport 13.3-inch screens with 1440 x 900 resolution.
Whilst it seems like it will be cheaper than the current 12-inch MacBook which costs $1299, Digitimes is not very precise when it comes to pricing.
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Therefore, third-party manufactures using MFi logos without official authorization from Apple will face great legal risks. Many Apple accessories that are non-certified are still available at much lower prices, majority from the Chinese market.
A new report suggests Apple is readying a new "entry-level" 13-inch MacBook with a Retina Display that will be priced at around the same level as the current MacBook Air. The revised 13.3-incher is reportedly aiming for a price tag around the "same level as that of the existing MacBook Air or slightly higher".
The 13-inch MacBook is reported to enter mass production at the end of May.
Quanta / Foxconn will make a split of the orders 70 / 30 respectively.
According to sources of DigiTimes we can expect the new affordable MacBook to be priced similarly to the MacBook Air at around or below the £949 price. The report adds more details about the refreshes expected in the iPad and iPad Pro product lines. The report also mentions that Apple's affordable 9.7-inch iPad and an upgrade to the iPad Pro will launch in the second half of 2018.