First ever MacBook Air with Retina Display leaks alongside affordable MacBook

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We'd guess that it'll likely be a good deal more affordable than the cheapest current means to get an Apple laptop with a Retina screen, which is the vanilla 12-inch MacBook that starts at $1,299 (£1,249 or AU$1,899). This is the same as the current generation MacBook Pro.

A report by Digitimes reveals that Apple is indeed looking to bring back the "affordable" MacBook after having focused on its premium MacBook Pro variants for the past couple of years.

Crucially however, the rumoured MacBook is set to have a price closer to that of the current generation of 13-inch MacBook Airs. Instead, MacBook Pro feature Air owners wanted for years is finally making its way to the notebook.

According to a report published today by DigiTimes, Apple is readying a new entry level MacBook laptop for release in June. The screen will have the same 2560 x 1600 resolution as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

This entry-level MacBook can only be an Air model because the same report says the device is getting a 13.3-inch a-Si panel made by LG Display. And we've also heard more recently on the grapevine that Apple is planning to debut a new, cheaper 13-inch MacBook Air.

Digitimes claims that Apple was originally going to use a Chinese manufacturer to make displays for this new cheaper MacBook, but has ultimately chose to use LG Display due to quality issues from earlier test production. The MacBook, meanwhile, has a 12-inch display with 2304 x 1440 resolution.

Quanta will produce 70% of the units of the new MacBook Air 2018, while Foxconn will produce 30% of them, and the new laptop should be announced at WWDC 2018 in June.

Meanwhile, the upstream supply chain has recently begun shipping components for iPad Pro upgrades and a new low-cost 9.7-inch iPad - a refreshed version of its 2017 counterpart.

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