The MacBook Air is already one of the most affordable laptops from Apple today, and it’s think and light design was one of the first of its kind. But, the current version of the MacBook is Air is dated to say the least, featuring a processor that is now pushing four years old, and it’s lack of other features such as Thunderbolt 3 make it feel dated when you use it and it struggles with our competing laptops under $1000 with it’s dated specs.
But, according to Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities, Apple is working on a “more affordable MacBook Air” that could be released in the second quarter of this year. That puts the estimated release between April and June and we could even catch a glimpse of it at the WWDC.
“We expect Apple (US) 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% YoY in 2018 (vs. 0-5% YoY decline for the NB industry), up from 15.5-16mn units in 2017. While Quanta, Radiant, Catcher and SZS are likely to benefit from strong shipments momentum, SZS also stands to benefit from increased market share and a higher ASP.”
So what can you expect on this rumored MacBook? Currently, the MacBook Air only has a non-Retina, 1440×900 display, so we are likely to see an upgrade to a Retina display in the works, along with better graphics and, of course, a newer processor. Many believe that Apple will convert the MacBook Air over to the USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 setup you currently find on the MacBook and MacBook Pro line of laptops as well.
It’s important to note that so far this is just a rumor, and very little can be found about this anywhere. Apple, as usual, is remaining very tight lipped about its plans for the MacBook Air. Remember, there was a time when the MacBook Air was rumored to be on the chopping block, but that rumor never came true. The same can be said about this one.
Still, it’s nice to hear a few rumblings about upgrades to this popular line of MacBook laptops. For many, the Air has been one of the most accessible and most popular line for Apple, despite some drawbacks to using them compared to the full MacBook or MacBook Pro.
While the MacBook Air just celebrated its tenth birthday, the line in recent years has been largely ignored by Apple. In most cases since its release, the Air has only received incremental updates and in many ways it’s the same device that was released ten years ago. Despite this fact, the line has remained very popular with college students and other budget shoppers that want an Apple computer. If the new rumors are true, the laptop will prove even more popular with this segment, as many believe the new Air will be even cheaper than the current model.
What do you think about this new about the MacBook Air? Will you go out and buy a new one when it is released or do you prefer the regular MacBook or MacBook Pro?