Entry-level MacBook Air coming with Retina display in June

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The company could have plans to unveil a lower priced Retina MacBook that replaces the MacBook Air at the event.

But a recent batch of rumors indicated that Apple is looking to introduce an even cheaper MacBook Air this year.

As for its price, the 2018 MacBook Air is apparently going to carry the same cost as the current one. The difference in price estimates seems to be based on Apple switching display sources.

According to a report published today by DigiTimes, Apple is readying a new entry level MacBook laptop for release in June. That should make the old MacBook Air's 1,440x900 panel look like someone's smothered the display with Vaseline.

"In other supply chain news it's noted that Apple is to release a new affordable 9.7" iPad in Q2 and a new iPad Pro in the second half of the year.

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Crucially however, the rumoured MacBook is set to have a price closer to that of the current generation of 13-inch MacBook Airs.

However, the new notebook would have a much more higher resolution than the MacBook Air's current 1440 x 900.

The new MacBook will reportedly enter mass production at the end of May or the beginning of June for a June launch, at which time it will face fierce competition from the likes of the Dell XPS 13 ($999) and HP Envy 13t ($899).

As for the assembly, Quanta Computer obtains 70% of the orders and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) 30%.

Digitimes Research senior analyst Jim Hsiao expects shipments for the new MacBook to reach around four million units in 2018. The tablet will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018, while new iPad Pro models are due in the second half of the year.

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