Apple might launch an all-new 13-inch MacBook later this year

Apple might launch an all-new 13-inch MacBook later this year

Apple might launch an all-new 13-inch MacBook later this year

The introduction of a new affordable (by Apple's standards) MacBook has resumed chatter about the possibility of Apple killing off the MacBook Air. According to DigiTimes, an existing MacBook LCD module supplier, General Interface Solution (GIS), is expected to secure new orders for a 13-inch MacBook screen.

Foxconn is anticipated to begin mass exporting of the units of MacBook from second quarter of this year. Gizmodo sees this as the death knell for the MacBook Air, as the MacBook has so far only shipped in a 12-inch size, and the new panels are intended for a bigger version of the MacBook that would replace the Air in Apple's laptop lineup.

New rumors suggest Apple could be planning to release a 13-inch MacBook in the second half of 2018, with the entry-level model potentially replacing the 13-inch MacBook Air, now the cheapest Apple laptop on the market. In June 2017, Apple refreshed the MacBook Air by bumping the processor's clock speed from 1.6GHz to 1.8GHz.

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The MacBook Air is the only notebook that the company still sells that does not have a retina display. Apple also introduced the 13-inch MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) as an alternative to MacBook Air, but it still costs about Rs 30,000 more.

As of now, there is no clear idea on form the new MacBook Air would take, but Apple would clearly make efforts to distinguish it from the existing models. Apple has previously hinted that the thinner and lighter MacBook Pro [pictured above] could replace the Air.

Apple is also reportedly looking at using ARM-based core processor chips for future notebooks, reducing the company's dependence on Intel.

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