Rumors about MacBook Air 2018 features, prices, and release date have been breaking the Internet for quite some time. Seeing the intensity of the grapevine, I thought it’s the right time to jump on the bandwagon to catch up with everything that’s expected to inject life into the virtually dead MacBook!
So, what are the features that are expected to embrace the notebook? Going by the winds, the laptop is going to be on the same lines as its predecessor, with just a bit of spec bumps. And the entire focus is going to be on reviving the entry-level MacBook lineup.
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MacBook Air 2018 Release Date, Features and Price Prediction
So, what the Analyst Says?
Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo firmly believes that the Cupertino-based company will introduce a lower priced MacBook to attract those who wish to enter Apple's vast ecosystem without having to spend a lot of dollars.
He predicts that the total shipments of MacBook models will grow 10-15% YoY in 2018 up from 15.5-16mn units in 2017; as against 0-5% YoY decline for the NB industry.
“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% 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.” – KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo
DigiTimes has also reported that Apple is all set to launch a more affordable notebook, which is about the same level as that of the existing MacBook Air.
“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.” – Digitimes
MacBook Air 2018 Display
The upcoming MacBook Air is said to feature a better display than its predecessors. The laptop's panel will come in 13.3-inches. The resolution, billed at 2560×1600, would be at par with Retina levels.
LG is reportedly manufacturing the display for the notebook and is said to supply the panel in April. And the machine will enter mass production at the end of May or the beginning of June.
As far as assembly is concerned, Quanta Computer has 70% of the orders, whereas Foxconn Electronics has obtained 30%.
MacBook Air 2018 Storage
The current version of MacBook Air is available only in two storage variants like 128GB and 256GB. And we expect the upcoming version to fall on the same line.
Charging and Expansion
We don't see many changes as far as charging and expansion are concerned. Apple is likely to retain the headphone jack.
- Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
- Thunderbolt 2 port (up to 20 Gbps)
- MagSafe 2 power port
- SDXC card slot
- 5mm headphone jack
MacBook Air 2018 Price
According to Kuo, the price point of the notebook would be somewhere around $799–$899. However, Digitimes reports that pricing will be the same as or a tad higher than the current MacBook Air ($999).
MacBook Air 2018 Release Date
Rumors have it that the tech giant will unveil the new MacBook Air at WWDC 2018. And, the pre-orders, as well as launch, will kick off soon.