Apple could launch a cheaper MacBook Air this year, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is known for his accurate insights into the technology firm’s future products.
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The analyst, from KGI Securities, said that a new 13-inch version of Apple’s thin laptop could be released in the second quarter of 2018.
“We expect Apple to roll out the new MacBook Air with a lower price tag in 2Q18. We forecast total shipments of MacBook models will grow 10-15 percent year-on-year in 2018 (versus 0-5 percent year-on-year decline for the Notebook industry), up from 15.5-16 million units in 2017,” Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note obtained by the MacRumors website on Saturday.
Kuo did not provide any further details about the product.
The current 13-inch MacBook Air model starts at $999. Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) usually takes place around June, which could mean the updated MacBook Air will be launched there.
Kuo’s note mirrored a report from DigiTimes in January that also suggested an entry-level MacBook would be on the cards later this year.