The information at our disposal is still scarce, but it seems that Apple is quietly working on a new MacBook . According to AppleInsider , the Cupertino company could indeed have in mind to put its current MacBook Air (which has just blown its tenth candle) to retirement to better launch a new type of affordable ultraportables. In this case, new MacBooks with 13-inch diagonals.
What is for the moment only one rumor among others, comes to us initially from DigiTimes , which had the opportunity to obtain some snippets of information by monitoring the actions of GIS (General Interface Solution) . A Chinese brand specializing in the production of LCM touch panels (modules for LCD screens), which has been working as a subcontractor for Apple since the end of 2017.
According to DigiTimes, the American giant would have ordered 13-inch slabs in quantity from GIS, which would therefore significantly increase its production to honor this potential contract. According to the Taiwanese media outlet, the company's monthly shipping volume would drop from 300,000 units to 600,000 by the end of 2018.
A new MacBook for the second half of 2018?
Based on its information DigiTimes estimates that Apple will launch a new 13-inch MacBook for the second half of this year 2018. A hypothesis that AppleInsider takes, however, with a certain hindsight.
If the site recognizes that the information of DigiTimes is often valid, it suggests that the Taiwanese media is perhaps going a little fast in work and indicates that at first sight Apple does not need additional suppliers for LCD panels of 13 inches.
However, the Cupertino company may want to diversify its sources of supply in the field. AppleInsider is far from claiming the contrary.
As it stands, it is possible that Apple plans to replace its MacBook Air (which has not benefited from a real refresh since 2015), with a new model, still positioned in the “entry-level” segment … or else – and more simply – to offer a new version of the MacBook Air, which this time would have a Retina screen. The MacBook Air is the only laptop in the Apple catalog not to use it yet.
Obviously all this is to be taken with a grain of salt, but it would be surprising if the information gleaned by DigiTimes turns out to be totally meaningless.