A cheaper Apple MacBook Air is not the only thing Apple could be announcing in 2018. A report from sources with their ear to the ground have said that Apple is also going to be announcing a cheaper MacBook, with the current version featuring a 12-inch display and basic specifications if you want to get basic work done. However, these notebooks are not exactly cheap and they are not able to exhibit as much firepower as you would have liked.
The latest report details that Apple might have found a way to make a cheaper MacBook, making it a great solution for buyers who want to experience macOS but are not willing to pay a fortune to buy an Apple-branded notebook such as the MacBook Pro.
MacBook (2018): Specifications, Features
According to Digitimes, the cheaper MacBook will have a bigger screen size than the 12-inch model that is currently being sold. This model could have a slightly larger 13.3-inch display with a very sharp resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. Here is something that we just realized. The resolution just mentioned is the same as the resolution that is running on default on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
The MacBook Pro also features a Retina Display, and while we are not attempting to jump to conclusions, it could signify that because the 13.3-inch MacBook could have a detailed resolution, perhaps Apple could do everyone a favor and use a Retina Display too. Having a Retina Display will make content-viewing one of the best experiences for the buyer.
If you are into light content creation, the accurate colors and adequate brightness of the MacBook series will be a great solution for your everyday work problems. However, just because the notebook might come with a very crisp resolution does not mean it will be able to provide the same experience when it comes to performance. As you have seen in the previous 12-inch MacBook models, these machines come with Intel’s ‘Y’ series of processors.
These chips are designed to consume less power and offer high levels of battery life. They are also running on lower clock speeds than the rest of Intel’s processor lineup so when it comes to performance, do not be surprised that this cheaper model will not be able to cater to a wide-range of excessive and taxing operations.
If you are into light-weight tasks such as photo-editing, media consumption such as video streaming and watching movies, or even a small amount of spreadsheet production and making notes, this is going to be the perfect machine for you. Apple will probably cap the RAM to 8GB while allowing the buyer to configure the storage up to 1TB of PCIe NMVe SSD storage.
MacBook (2018): I/O Options
When it comes to port selection, there will be very limited options for you to choose from because there is that single USB-C port that you will need to get used to. We strongly think that this port will come without support for Thunderbolt 3 but the user will still be able to transfer data, attach a second monitor and charge the MacBook with it. If you want more ports and more bandwidth, you will have to increase your budget and get yourself the MacBook Pro.
MacBook (2018): Potential Price
Sources claim that the cheaper MacBook could have a price tag that is more or less similar to the MacBook Air, which is $999 (approximately, Rs. 65,131.50). This price will give you the absolute basic specifications such as 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe NVMe SSD. The processor won’t also be impressive but that display could catch you off guard.
There are going to be a lot of competing ultrabooks in the same price segment so Apple will have to do wonders with the launch in order to effectively market this product. Digitimes does report that the cheaper MacBook model will be able to generate approximately 4 million unit sales this year, so Apple might release a winner in the coming months.