The rumor just does not go away: after years of small refinements, Apple is planning a brand new, redesignedin 2018, according to reports.
Although the company has made more and more updates on the MacBook Air in the past eight years, it is more or less the same essential device. Suffice it to say: a big make-over is far too late. The , released in August 2017, is almost identical to his save for a microboost in the speed of its outdated Intel CPU and a late doubling of RAM.
In the meantime, Apple has paid a lot of attention to the premium MacBook Pro line, regularly introducing innovative internal components and innovations such as the Touch Bar. In June alone, the company released a new one ultra-flat butter keyboards is rendered unusable by a literal dust particle. Despite , this may have prompted Apple to reset the Pro line before a new MacBook Air is released.and fashion model. However, that company has not been flawless, as some recently-vintage MacBook Pro's have been the subject of complaints and because of worries with them
At the same time, Apple's competitors have flooded the market with alternatives that are well-designed, affordable and significantly more powerful. Appendix A: Elegant from Dellthat ultramodern Intel processors and other modern flourishes for $ 1,000. If you can tolerate Windows, you can choose from a lot of laptops that can prove more value per dollar than the outdated MacBook Air.
Still, the fact that Apple left the Air in the line-up and did not kill – just as it did with being– has fans of the Air hoping for one . The basic design of the MacBook Air remains after all too much. At the very least, a MacBook Air reboot – whether or not Apple remains with the name – is an opportunity for Apple to redefine what kind of laptop you can get for $ 1,000 in 2018.
That's why we've collected all the rumors and published reports about the upcoming price, specifications, features and design of the next MacBook Air equivalent. (Note: Apple did not officially announce anything and did not respond to our request for a comment.) This collection will be constantly updated, so come back regularly for news and details about the MacBook Air 2018.
This piece was originally published on May 4, 2018 and is regularly updated.
Rumor: a new MacBook is coming in 2018
A new report from Bloomberg is blowing new light in our hope for a debut this year. The article describes a "cheap" MacBook that will appear later this year, and there is room for some curveballs. It is possible that Apple drops the "Air" and goes with the ordinary "MacBook", as was the case with theand renewed in and . And there are still many months to go before we save our 2019 agenda & # 39; s.
Rumor: release date September or October
So, although there is consensus – obviously all unofficially – that we will see a new MacBook in 2018, there is much less trust in exactly when. Last year, DigiTimes reported that Apple would debut a new 13-inch model sometime in the first half of 2018. After refreshing the entire laptop setup at WWDC in 2017, Apple delivered zero new hardware at the developers' conference this year. That is why DigiTimes recently revised its prediction, suggesting that the introduction would be "probably in the third quarter". The clock is ticking, but it would work if Apple unveiled a new MacBook next to the new one, and possible we expect to see announced in .
But if Apple stays up to date on Mac announcements at its upcoming event in September, the next viable opportunity is October – a month in which it often debuted new Macs. We could see and even update new iMacsalso.
Rumor: Retina display, finally
Bloomberg reports thatto update that "cheap" MacBook with a high resolution Retina screen. This supports a previous DigiTimes report that describes a new MacBook with a "slim design" and a high-resolution Retina display alongside a contemporary Intel CPU; the latest Bloomberg information also suggests that the new model will have leaner edges. It's hard to imagine that Apple has introduced a new MacBook Air equivalent that does not minimize this.
Price: still less than $ 1,000?
Bloomberg reported in March that a "new, cheaper MacBook laptop is in the works and is likely to replace the MacBook Air for less than $ 1,000." Similarly, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the 2018 model would even be "more affordable" than the current MacBook Air. More recently, however, DigiTimes has reported that Apple has developed a new "entry level" MacBook that will run a new Intel CPU and cost $ 1,200.
The MacBook Air today, with 128 GB of hard drives, starts at $ 999, £ 949 or AU $ 1,499; the 256GB version costs $ 1,199. Third retailers now distribute the Air standard to $ 750 or $ 800, and the low price is the key to its popularity. (Converted, $ 800 is about £ 600 or AU $ 1,060.)
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