13-inch MacBook tipped to finally axe MacBook Air in 2018

Joanna Estrada
January 24, 2018

Now, if reports are to be believed, Apple could release a new 13-inch entry-level MacBook that will replace the existing MacBook Air.

"With new orders for MacBooks and other models, GIS is expected to ramp up its LCM shipments to 600,000 units a month by the end of 2018 compared to 300,000 units now", sources with knowledge of the agreement were quoted saying.

Apple has stubbornly refused to update the MacBook Air in any meaningful way for the last three years, leaving us with an "entry-level" $999 laptop with a woefully outdated screen and body design.

GIS Chairman Chou Hsien-ying has confirmed that his company has already started shipping LCM for notebooks. The 12-inch MacBook was initially seen as its successor, with a Retina display, Force Touch trackpad, and similar battery life.

It remains unclear what this new 13-inch MacBook will look like but it's likely that Apple will make an effort to distinguish it from the existing 13-inch Pro models. However, its $300 premium over the Air proved hard to swallow.

Despite the new LCM orders from Apple, the revenues of GIS are still expected to stay flight on year during the first half due to the lower shipments of its 3D touch panels for the iPhone X.

Apple is also reportedly looking at using ARM-based core processor chips for future notebooks, reducing the company's dependence on Intel. The report claims that since there will be no huge upgrades in 2018 in MacBook, the Cupertino-located tech company might move a part of orders of models for Macbook to Foxconn from Quanta Computer.

For a limited time, the brick-and-mortar retailer is taking up to $200 off Apple's MacBook Airs with prices starting at $849.99 ($150 under Apple's price).

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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