Quanta Said to Manufacture Apple's Upcoming 'Inexpensive Notebooks' in September Quarter

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta will fulfill orders for new "inexpensive notebooks" from Apple in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to DigiTimes, suggesting they could be released in September or October.


    The report does not provide additional information about the notebooks, but two reliable sources in Bloomberg News reporter Mark Gurman and TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo both expect Apple to unveil at least one all-new, lower-priced notebook of some kind later this year.

    It's unclear if the new notebook will be branded as a MacBook, MacBook Air, or otherwise. DigiTimes previously reported it will be a 13-inch model with a Retina display, but Gurman and Kuo have yet to support those claims. Gurman expects the notebook to have a starting price of $999 or less in the United States.

    The widely rumored notebook could be the first MacBook Air with a Retina display, or it could be added to the MacBook lineup, but 12-inch models currently start at $1,299, so it's hard to envision where it would slot in at $999.

    The current MacBook Air hasn't seen any substantial updates in over three years. Since that time, Apple has discontinued the 11-inch model, while the processor on the base 13-inch model received a minor bump in clock speed, but it's still a Broadwell chip from the 2014-2015 timeframe.

    12-inch MacBook models were last updated in June 2017 with Intel's seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors and faster SSDs.

    A few weeks ago, Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News said Apple's new entry-level notebook will be powered by Intel's eighth-generation Kaby Lake Refresh processors, which would make it significantly faster than the current MacBook Air given its four-year-old architecture.

    While the entry-level notebook could be announced with a press release, it certainly appears that Apple has enough in its pipeline for an October event, where it could introduce new MacBooks, iMacs, and a Mac mini, an iPad Pro with Face ID, and perhaps some other surprises, such as a new Apple Pencil.

    Article Link: Quanta Said to Manufacture Apple's Upcoming 'Inexpensive Notebooks' in September Quarter
  2. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    I don't see why the Air even exists anymore. Maybe because of MagSafe and the non-dongle USB port, and keyboard.
  3. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    Hopefully it slots in at $999 with the 12" reduced to something like $849 as it is now a more established model (R&D paid for, manufacturing optimised and reliable) and SSD prices are falling.
  4. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    I'm hoping this low cost notebook is launched along side an updated non touchbar Macbook Pro. Come on apple, update the non touchbar like you did the touchbars. Please.
  5. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    So this will be the 999$ 12" MAcbook with the latest Intel 4.5W cpu but in fashion Apple way, the base model will have 128 SSD
  6. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    And bestselling.

    Apple likes cash.
  7. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    never gonna happen...These new macbooks will replace the nTB and the 13" macbook air
  8. Rocketman macrumors 603


    This supports my claim device speeds arrived at "good enough" a few years ago about the time Intel ran into a wall on performance increases in silicone based x86 chips.

    The improvements have largely been to software and services and I heard a rumour also bug fixes. The graphics seem to have gotten better on the devices that use late model Intel chips and of course they sip power better being a smaller die resolution.
  9. Non-Polar macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2017
    "I don't see why the Air even exists anymore"

    > Proceeds to list three of the many important things that people look in an Apple laptop (On top of the great battery life)
  10. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    "Inexpensive" doesn't seem to have enough quotation marks around it.
  11. CyberBob859 macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2007
    I find it hard to believe a 13" Retina model will be cheaper than the current 12" MacBook.

    I still think the 12" MacBook gets a SKU to price it at $999. The current MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (no TouchBar - "Escape") gets replaced by a 13" Retina model that looks like a bigger MacBook (coming in at 2.25-2.5 lbs.)

    MacBook - 12" and 13"
    MacBook Pro - 13" and 15"
  12. FyerFyer macrumors regular


    Dec 14, 2015
    Is $999 really considered inexpensive now? Bloody hell
  13. PickUrPoison macrumors 68040

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Overlooking the real reason the Air is so popular—it’s $999.
  14. TheShadowKnows! macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2014
    National Capital Region
    "Gurman expects the notebook to have a starting price of $999 or less in the United States."

    I had a hard laugh from the above.
    In what Galaxy?

    [$999 would be at par to today's iPhone X.]
  15. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    It’ll be funny if these new laptops actually have a decent keyboard.
  16. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    You can't even buy a phone for that. ;)
  17. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    Its clear if Apple want to sell the updated 12" macbook at 999$ base model will have 128 SSD instead of 256..
    They did this so many times, hey, even the nTB base is 128ssd
    And probably the 13" will start at 1199$ 256 ssd
  18. ghanwani macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2008
    Hard to figure out what this machine will look like. It would have to have a single USB-C, a really poor quality camera, and be heavier than the MBP to not cannibalize sales of existing rMB and MBP.
  19. usarioclave macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2003
    Maybe they'll give us a Mac Pro update.
  20. iMerik macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    If only people remembered how slow, clunky, and expensive laptops were back in the day. See: https://pifflelab.com/2012/07/22/computers-the-1990s-you-paid-how-much/

    $999 for an amazing laptop (opposite of Chromebooks) seems inexpensive to me. How much should we expect for minimal money?
  21. CrazyForCashews macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2018
    All Apple had to do was slap a retina screen on the MacBook Air and updated the processor for it to retain the “greatest laptop ever made” title.

    Apple are such stubborn fools sometimes.
  22. VR46 macrumors member


    Oct 14, 2016
    Would love you to be right and us to see a Macbook at say £949 once you factor in exchange rate and VAT but can't see Apple lopping off £300 overnight.

    They've got themselves in a bit of a mess with pricing and names and specs. Be interesting to see how they solve/price the bottom end of their laptop line up and hopefully it will be sooner than later.
  23. jamesalexsmithson macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2018
    October? I really hoped we'd be seeing the new iPad Pro in September.
  24. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Low priced meaning $999 starting point?
  25. PickUrPoison, Aug 13, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2018

    PickUrPoison macrumors 68040

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    For home/consumer use and most office work, you could easily go back to 2012 and have all the CPU power you need, but faster’s always better and newer machines are of course faster. Even marginal year-to-year improvements eventually add up, and quad-core is the new dual-core. (For iPhone, I’d say “good enough” happened a few years ago with the A9/2GB platform of the 6S/SE.)

    Yeah the CPU in the Air is old, so is the one in the Mac mini but they’ve been sufficient for the targeted user base.

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