Affordable, entry-level 2018 MacBook Air coming next month

Donna Miller
August 18, 2018

AirPower pricing will likely fall between US$160 and $195. Judging from previous releases, this should amount to around £1,149 and about AU$1,799.

"The second quarter was the transition period when Apple was preparing for the releases of the upcoming new MacBook devices for the year". Other analytics have claimed that new entry-level MacBooks will pop up in either September or October.

After a hiatus, reports that Apple will launch an affordable MacBook soon are intensifying again, with Apple expected to launch the new laptop series by Christmas.

In fact, there isn't a whole lot that this rumor tells us. However, because of Intel, the chip manufacturer and supplier, was facing issues with the 10nm production process, it was delayed. Apparently Apple originally planned to ship the new MacBook in late 2017 with a 10 nm Kaby Lake processor, but Intel's manufacturing delay into late 2019 forced the company to release the computer now with the 14 nm chip.

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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.

In the same report, DigiTimes's sources say that Apple will also debut two new iPad Pro tablets at its September, iPhone-led event. For just $300, you can get a certified refurbished Apple iPad Air 2 with a generous 128GB storage space, although you'll obviously need to hurry.

It's doubtful, however, that Apple chooses to unveil a new MacBook Air at its iPhone event. According to DigiTimes's sources, it will debut at around $193 (about £145, AU$258). So, like we said, it's doubtful Apple is going to shove another product into the mix and still keep the event to +/- two hours.

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