KGI: Apple to Launch Cheaper MacBook Air in 2Q 2018

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new research report encouraging investors to keep their eyes on three products for 2018: the rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, AirPods, and a "more affordable MacBook Air." The first two in that list have been widely discussed in recent weeks and months, but this is the first we've heard about an update to the MacBook Air.

    Kuo doesn't offer any details on what to expect in an updated MacBook Air beyond a lower price tag, but the current models are certainly outdated as they haven't had any substantial updates in three years. Since that time, Apple has cut back on available models including a complete discontinuation of the 11-inch model. The only recent upgrade to the 13-inch model has been a bump to the base processor option last June, but it's still a Broadwell chip from the 2014-15 timeframe.

    Aside from obvious internal upgrades like processors and graphics, another area that could see improvement is the display, as the MacBook Air currently offers a 1440 x 900 non-Retina display. We'll likely also see some USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 upgrades and perhaps an overall redesign given the age of the current design.

    Kuo's claim of a second-quarter introduction points to the April-June timeframe, which could mean an announcement at WWDC in June, and we'll likely hear more rumors as the time gets closer.

    In a separate report, Kuo predicts that AirPods and the rumored high-end over-ear headphones are the future of Apple's artificial intelligence and augmented reality ambitions. Kuo believes that compared to HomePod, Apple's headphones offer more opportunities for reaching users quickly, personalization, and complementing rumored augmented reality glasses. Kuo is extremely optimistic about AirPods demand going forward, but less enthusiastic about HomePod given "mediocre" demand so far.

    Article Link: KGI: Apple to Launch Cheaper MacBook Air in 2Q 2018
  2. DocMultimedia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    I'll be buying so long as they don't make any drastic changes to ports or power cord. Any upgrades in speed/display would be nice. My 2012 is still cruising along.
  3. Andres Cantu, Mar 3, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2018

    Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    How can technologies like Thunderbolt 3 push forward if Apple keeps selling products with obsolete technology? And a 900p non-IPS display in 2018?

    Just lower the price of the Retina MacBook (they’re on sale all the time, anyway), add a second USB-C port, and be done with it. People buy the Air only for it’s affordability, anyway.

    And while they’re at it, update the Mac mini as well.
  4. 69650 Suspended


    Mar 23, 2006
    Since Steve passed the MacBook range has become increasingly confused and lacking any clear strategy.
  5. ButteryScrollin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2014
    Make the 13 inch MacBook Pro as cheap as the current Air and get Rid of the air.
  6. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    I look forward to the 1995 era specs they plan to put in it.
  7. gim macrumors 6502


    Jul 27, 2014
    "Cheaper" MacBook Air? Cheaper than what? The current MacBook Air? I hardly believe so.

    They should just lower the prices of the rMB.
  8. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    The moles in the Asian supply chain are whispering...
  9. chrisherbert macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2012
    I doubt they will be significant updating the MacBook Air.

    Most likely the rumor mill means the MacBook, which certainly will be updated and could stand to be significantly cheaper. At its current price it isn’t a very good value, even by Apple standards. I’ll bet they hope to get it down to $800-$1,000 to make it more appealing to consumers, and so they can finally stop selling those ancient Airs.
  10. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    If Apple added a retina screen and updated the specs I would buy one of these, I doubt that will happen tho since the headline reads “cheaper model”
  11. miniroll32 macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2010
    If they do just give the Air a spec-bump, I think that says a lot about how people are voting with their wallets.

    There is no reason that Apple couldn't lower the price of the standard MacBook; but they're refusing to simple because it's priced as a more premium product. They ought to just give the MacBook a 13-inch screen, lower the price and be done.
  12. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    I'm almost 100% sure that this cheaper MBA is probably just a CPU bump and a $50 discount.
  13. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    Yawn :rolleyes:

    They really can't let that thing go, can they? I hope there is some emphasis on improving the MBPs this year.
  14. JPack macrumors 601


    Mar 27, 2017
    Makes sense to do a price cut. $999 for the current MacBook Air is quite poor in value.

    The MacBook Air is clearly positioned as an entry-level product, but the pricing doesn’t reflect it yet.
  15. m0nkeyb0y macrumors member


    Jun 16, 2009
    Give me an Air keeping the same keyboard, form factor, battery life, and add a Retina screen! Sold!
  16. Bacillus, Mar 3, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2018

    Bacillus Suspended


    Jun 25, 2009
    OMG this lineup is so confusing that Apple got confused itself.
    Current MacBook => Air
    Current MBPro => MacBook
    Redo the MBPro with nominal ports
    Stop all the flimsey keyboards
    Move Cook out of this, as "PostPC" hailers shouldn't be in this industry.
    (Hire M. Dell if necessary)
    Replace Phill the Shill => Gil the Fill
    (Amelio, that is)
  17. itsmilo macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2016
    why keep the Air even around? They got rid of the iPad Air line. Just make the MacBook cheaper.

    Just spit balling here but I wouldnt mind seeing:

    iPad (one size)
    iPad Pro (different sizes)

    MacBook (one size)
    MacBook Pro (different sizes)

    iPhone (one size)
    iPhone X (different sizes)

    iMac Pro
  18. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    Expect it to be ARM-based as it's a great way to test the market. If you want a real Intel MBA then grab one now.
  19. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Replace the MacBook Air with the MacBook, add an extra USB port, and keep the price the same as the air. I guarantee it’ll be a huge hit.
  20. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    Opportunity to test the market for ARM based Macs.
  21. konqerror macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2013
    Reason is simple: Apple's K-12 education market is being eaten by Chromebooks. They need a super low-end model to compete against $300 laptops.
  22. Mike MA, Mar 3, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2018

    Mike MA macrumors 68020

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    The MacBook Air currently is the most affordable MacBook, so I don’t quite get it. Yet fore sure it’s completely outdated. So maybe I can finally update my late 2010 which is running out of macOS support.
  23. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    that's what everyone wants. Apple won't put a retina in the air as it would destroy sales of the other models. Also I've read the air can't get enough battery to support a retinas screen
  24. davie18 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2010
    Apple doing a ‘super low end model’? Lol
    --- Post Merged, Mar 3, 2018 ---
    But I thought the MacBook is thinner? So that can’t be true surely
  25. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    Why is everybody complaining about this, instead saying that Apple should instead lower the price of the MacBook/MacBook Pro?

    If they are lowering the price of the Air, then what do you think will happen to the price of certain other models?

    All this means is that they would be keeping around the Air as an entry level product, which isn't much of a surprise because it's a cash cow and Tim Cook is CEO.

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