Rumor: Apple to release 13.3-inch, entry level MacBook (which makes sense)

Apple is preparing to release a new entry-level MacBook at the end of the second quarter with a price tag expected to be about the same level as that of the existing MacBook Air or slightly higher, according to DigiTimes Research. DigiTimes Research senior analyst Jim Hsiao expects shipments for the new MacBook to reach around four million units in 2018.

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He adds that the laptop’s display will be supplied by LG and have a resolution of 2560 x 1600 (the same as Apple’s 13.3-inch MacBook Pro). DigiTimes Research says the new MacBook scheduled to enter mass production at the end of May or the beginning of June.

Chances the rumor is true, per the Sellers Research Group (that’s me); 90%. This makes more sense than the speculation that Apple will introduce a lower cost MacBook Air. Ditching the MacBook Air and having an entry level MacBook would simply Apple’s laptop line-up into two categories: the MacBook and the MacBook Pro.