Apple to roll out entry-level MacBook in September

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The low-cost MacBook is estimated to have a shipment volume of around eight million units in 2018 and is expected to undermine demand for first-tier competitors' similar devices. The 12-inch MacBook now starts at $1,299. Much like the rumoured new affordable 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, this new MacBook Air could be an entry-level model that helps make it more affordable.

Apple is widely expected to launch three new iPhones next month but according to a recent report from DigiTimes, that's only the tip of the iceberg. Yup, not one but two new MacBook models then.

According to the report, the new MacBook will contain a 13-inch screen and was originally planned to launch late previous year but was delayed due to problems with Intel's 10-nanometer chip manufacturing problems.

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Apple could also discontinue the 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, which also haven't been updated since June 2017, effectively replacing them with this single laptop meant to satisfy customers looking for an entry-level machine. That's less than the 12-inch MacBook Apple offers, but more expensive than both MacBook Airs that are now available. Apple so far has no further plan for the iPad mini series.


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