Apple could be skimming a plan to kill off its MacBook Air brand soon as it approaches its tenth anniversary according to a report by Digitimes.
There also been rumors about a new 13-inch MacBook that will be released in the second half of 2018, with the entry-level model potentially replacing the 13-inch MacBook Air, currently the cheapest Apple laptop on the market.
If it’s any consolation, I think its damn time they did so. The MacBook Air for a while now has always felt like a small drop from the ocean. None the less, it had it’s pros despite the small size screen.
Based on the report by DigiTimes, General Interface Solution (GIS), a company that makes touch panels, is expected to receive more orders from Apple, after becoming the supplier of LCD display modules for the company late last year.
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Sources claim that by the end of 2018, there will be a spike in units developed by 600,000 compared to 300,000 units currently which could mean that Apple is preparing to release an entry-level MacBook.
What does this mean for MacBook Air?
Since Apple is planning to release a new affordable MacBook, then this could confirm the rumors that they’re definitely planning on replacing Air with a thinner and lighter MacBook Pro as earlier hinted.
If this actually happens, then we should be ready to send our farewells to the MacBook Air soon. Why bother getting one if Apple is planning to release a relatively cheaper MacBook Pro? The only good thing left going for the Air is it’s lower price.
The report doesn’t really offer much information to confirm this rumor however, with Apple looking to use OLED displays in future MacBooks, this new order of LCD displays could be used for a cheaper entry-level MacBook.
We await on Apple to confirm on this. Meanwhile, tell us what you feel about the MacBook Air being phased out by hitting that comment button!
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