Recently, we brought you rumours that Apple is busy working on an affordable new MacBook to replace the aging MacBook Air in its line-up. It was speculated that its release date would be sometime this summer. However, new information from Chinese suppliers claims that the computer is being delayed for the second half of 2018.
The reason is a shortage of Intel processors for the machine. Apple likely wants to include the chipmaker’s latest Coffee Lake mobile processors in its machine, but Intel doesn’t have enough of them to meet the Cupertino company’s orders. Thus, the new MacBook is supposedly being pushed for the third or fourth quarter.
Interestingly, the report claims Apple could reduce the upcoming computer’s price to USD 899 or even USD 799 to aid sales. Considering the computer is going to have a Retina display, this sounds like a very good, even aggressive price.
The information comes courtesy of DigiTimes, which has a reasonably good track record when it comes to dispersing Apple supply chain rumours.
Does the idea of an entry-level MacBook sound good to you? While it probably won’t be powerful enough to handle more advanced music production, such a little computer can go a long way before you max out its capabilities. Look at the iPad and all the different things it can do with apps! If it helps put macOS in the hands of more musicians, we are all up for a USD 899 to 999 MacBook, though we would love to see a Mac Mini revival as well.