Apple working on a more affordable 13-inch MacBook Air


Apple saw good demand for its cheap MacBook models in emerging markets including India.

Apple is supposedly preparing to release a more affordable 13-inch MacBook Air within the second quarter of this year.

Kuo also expects that the shipment for new Macbook Pro will increase by 10-15 percent once Apple launch it. The same rise was observed when Apple released the affordable 9.7-inch iPad a year ago, boosting iPad sales overall. While in 2017, Apple updated the 13-inch MacBook Air with a modest specs bump.

The MacBook Air laptops are now available in the market between a price bracket of $999 or $1,199 depending upon the configuration of the machine. According to reports, the Cupertino major is gearing up to announce a huge 6.5-inch OLED iPhone with dual-SIM support, while the other two iPhones will be slightly cheaper and are tipped to come with LCD displays. While Kuo doesn't reveal too many details about this purported new MacBook Air, the report does corroborate a similar report fromDigitimes that came out earlier this year.

Apple is expected to release an affordable 13-inch MacBook Air in Q2 2018 says KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo
Apple to launch cheaper variant MacBook Air later this year

According to TrendForce, Apple has overtaken Asus in global laptop shipments, moving up from fifth to the fourth position.

At least that's what reliable Apple oracle and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is saying. The current models of Macbook Air are certainly outdated.

The investor notes also offers some additional details on supply chain reactions to the upcoming iPhone refreshes, the growing success of AirPods and more.

In addition, Kuo also notes that demand for HomePod has been "mediocre" as of now.