New Entry-Level Mac Notebook Expected to Adopt Retina Display, Likely Launch at WWDC in June

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this month, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that Apple is expected to introduce a cheaper MacBook Air sometime during the second quarter of the year, and a few days later a second report backed up Kuo's claims with a claim of a price point starting at $799 or $899.


    DigiTimes is now reporting that Apple is planning to launch a new 13.3-inch "entry-level MacBook" late in the second quarter of the year, which suggests an introduction at WWDC in June. While DigiTimes calls the notebook a "MacBook," it is unclear whether it would be part of the MacBook or MacBook Air line, but the entry-level nature of the machine and the MacBook's positioning at a similar 12-inch size suggests this new machine might be part of a refreshed MacBook Air family.

    However the new entry-level machine is marketed, DigiTimes says the pricing will be the same as or slightly higher than the current MacBook Air, which starts at $999, and the machine will include a Retina display.
    The report claims that Apple is targeting shipments of six million units of the new notebook through the end of the year, although DigiTimes analysts believe four million is a more likely figure considering the estimated pricing.

    In addition to the new MacBook Air or MacBook, DigiTimes says Apple is also preparing updated entry-level iPad models for release in the second quarter and new iPad Pro models for the second half of the year.

    Article Link: New Entry-Level Mac Notebook Expected to Adopt Retina Display, Likely Launch at WWDC in June
  2. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
    oh how exciting! a NEW macbook with OLD hardware to justify a cheaper price. SIGN. ME. UP.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2006
    If the MacBook Air gets a 13.3" 2560x1600 screen, I'd like to see the 13" MacBook Pro move to a 2880x1800 screen and the 15" MacBook Pro move to a 3,360x2,100 screen. I often like the extra desktop space of scaled 1440x900 on the 13" MacBook Pro and it'd be great to get that as a native scaled density.
  4. gobikerider macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2016
    United States
    The wait to WWDC is going to put me in a grave.
  5. JoEw macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
  6. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    Same. This is one area where I think the MBP can improve. The native scaled resolutions (1200x800) and (1440x900) are just too small for 13" and 15" in this day and age.
  7. Relentless Power, Mar 11, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2018

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    No one expected the 2017 iPad Pros to launch during WWDC 2017. If Apple doesn’t hold a spring Keynote around March or April, then I’m inclined to believe some hardware will launch again during WWDC 2018, perhaps a refreshed SE, MacBook, future announcements of other products, etc.
  8. SoApple macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    I’ve had my air for close to 8 years. I’d easily replace my current for a retina air!
  9. jgbr macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
  10. goshya macrumors member


    Jan 30, 2008
  11. caoimhin macrumors member


    May 11, 2006
    I have to agree. It honestly takes a bit of study to figure out how to differentiate these products. The differences seem kind of arbitrary (e.g., the current Air has the weaker display and hard disk at entry level, but has a superior selection of (now "legacy") ports that I use daily when compared to even the spec'ed up MB or MBP.) Then there's the matter of the keyboard on the new MB and MBP, but the more comfortable keyboard on the Air.

    I'm beginning to think about replacing my 2013 MBP, and I haven't a clue which machine I should be looking at.
  12. FrozenDarkness macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    I think it'd be like this

    12"/13" macbooks with dual core displays, 13" will have amazing battery life

    13"/15" rmbp with quad core / hex core respectively

    although i personally think they should've done 12/14" and 13"/15" just for kicks.
  13. Ramchi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2007
    Happy with my 2013 MBP 15inch 512 GB, 16 GB RAM with all ports. Display still looking good since I have mostly used external monitor (LG 27 inch ultra wide monitor) . No intention of replacing it sooner.
  14. JoEw macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
    So I have a 2013 MBA

    The keyboard issues with the MBP make those effectively a no go for me (unless you wanna budget in AppleCare it's basically a must for the machine).
    The 12" MacBook would be my pick, but Intel Core M makes it roughly on par with my MBA geek bench scores so no upgrade there. Also, 1 USB C port, not even Thunderbolt 3. Plus because no fan my MBA can probably run circles around the core M processor after an hour of heavy load.

    There is just no upgrade path for me at the moment.

    Maybe my next MacBook will be an Air (again):)
  15. pika2000 macrumors 68040

    Jun 22, 2007
    I have a feeling this will be just a refreshed non-TB MacBook Pro. Remember that Apple targeted these towards those liking the 13.3” MacBook Air.

    So what we might see
    MacBook Air discontinued.
    The non-TB MacBook Pro (and maybe the retina MacBook) get some price adjustments.

    Nothing to get excited for here folks. The info tells me that. It’s just rumor sites like to speculate more than what it is.
  16. iObama, Mar 11, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 12, 2018

    iObama macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008
    Remember when they should've ****ing done this in like 2014.
  17. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    Wouldn't it be cheaper to just offer the MacBook at a lower price and stop selling the Air?
  18. Mike MA, Mar 11, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2018

    Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    The MacBook lineup is a mess since Tim took over. The strategy is purely aiming at profit, not a clear product portfolio or user experience. Good for the company, bad for customers as they don‘t want to research first, which device is available in which screen size but not lacking up to date internals. It‘s even worse than the heterogeneous iPad lineup. My view.
  19. WBRacing macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2012
    I really want a new MBPr to replace my 2015 MBPr as I under spec'ed it when I bought it but:
    • No HDMI - used a lot for presentations and I am not going to start carrying around dongles. My bag is full enough.
    • No magsafe - This has saved my laptop from flying across the room on no less than 5 occasions.
    • A gimmicky touchbar that I'd be paying a premium for.
    • "That" keyboard...
    The pro moniker is frankly laughable at the moment.
  20. mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
  21. Nimrad macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2010
    Still hoping for bezel-less design where it makes the most sense: MacBooks.
  22. DamoTheBrave macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2011
  23. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    We know it’s a rumored website, but that doesn’t mean others can’t get excited for the possibility of something that might actually happen. Let’s not forget when no one expected the iPad Pros to launch during WWDC 2017 last year, it’s not unreasonable to not expect some hardware to lunch again for WWDC 2018. It’s Apple, they are highly unpredictable.
  24. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

    Mar 10, 2009
    There are no non-TB MacBook Pros. The only non TB model that Apple has is the Macbook. Even the old MBA's have TBv2.

    Apple has too chooses. They could reassign the entry level laptop to the name "MacBook" (and swap name labels the current MacBook take on the MacBook Air mantle which would align with the original "price premium for thinnest" connotation. ) . Or they can continue with the more modern label of the entry level laptop keeping "Air" in the name.

    The sub $999 price point isn't going away at all. Kuo's rumor seems more likely of the MBA (or whatever Apple name the entry point) going down to $799-899 more likely. ( $300-500 Chromebooks and MS Windows S models are whipping Apple pretty bad for price constrained buyers. MBA 11 used to dip in that down in that zone a bit. There is no reason now that the same screen tech and chasis couldn't go down there now at 13").

    A sensible realignment would be models [ old ]

    $799-899 Macbook [ old MBA 13" moved down. Purts upgraded to TBv3 (Type-C) ]
    $999 Macbook [ old MBP 13" fcn key model with screen downgraded with this digitimes story ]
    $1299 Macbook Air [ current Macbook made slightly bigger (thicker and depth) so can fit in a TBv3 socket infrastructure and clean up keyboard travel a bit. ]
    $1299 MacBook Pro 13" [ new MBP fcn key model reworked for 4 TBv3 ports. ]
    $1699 Macbook Pro 13" touch bar [ start to walk back the touch bar premium ]
    $1999 Macbook Pro 15" [ still plugging hole with older model with USB Type A ports and HDMI ] ***
    $2199 MacBook Pro 15" [ again walk back the touch bar premium. Scale back the track pad a bit ]

    The current MBP 13' fcn key model looks a lot like what the MBA update should have been given Apple's move to TBv3 (and Type-C sockets). The screen is better which drives up the price, but if Apple backpedaled on that a bit and lowered the price the complaints would likely be moderate.

    *** The "hole" here is something that should drift back in weight/thickness to be a better desktop replacement. Thick enough to have so-DIMMs and bigger battery so could hit 64GB in near term. Aimed more so that folks who use the laptop in clamshell mode most of the time (there are companies that blindly assign laptops to everyone. Whether they are using it almost entirely immobile fashion or not. )
  25. -BigMac- macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    My 2018 release predictions

    Late April

    Mac Mini/new ‘value’ Macbook

    Refreshed iMac/entry level iPad/ MacOS 12/ “one more thing” = Modular Mac Pro preview

    ‘iOS’ September Event
    iOS12/ new iPhones/new FaceID ‘bezelesss’ iPad Pros

    *Macbook pros silently spec bumped around WWDC

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