DigiTimes claims Apple’s much-rumored new MacBook will debut in September. The report says the new entry-level MacBook will be powered by Intel’s 14-nanometer Kaby Lake CPU and will be priced at $1,200.
With Intel deciding to wait until the second half of 2019 to begin manufacturing 10nm CPUs, Apple has switched the MacBook design to adopt processors based on improved 14nm Kaby Lake architecture.
While DigiTimes is only a semi-reliable source for Apple happenings, the report does somewhat jibe with earlier predictions by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman. Gurman has said he expects a new entry-level Apple notebook later this year and expects at least one of the new models to have a $999 base price.
DigiTimes also claims Apple will announce the “launch schedule” for its much-delayed AirPower wireless charger, which it expects to cost in the $160-$190 range. Other reports have stated the AirPower is expected to be priced around $149.
In addition, the DigiTimes report also indicates new iPad Pro models are on the way this fall, but that Apple has “no further plan” for the iPad mini 4. The new iPad Pros will supposedly use a USB Type-C interface to allow faster charging.
For the tablet, Apple reportedly has prepared two new iPad Pros: a 12.9-inch one and an 11-inch one, with the 11-inch iPad Pro set to take over the existing 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Starting the fourth quarter, Apple will have a total of four iPads available in the channel, the narrow-bezel ultra-thin 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pros; the 9.7-inch entry-level iPad and the 7.9-inch iPad mini 4.
The two new iPad Pros will come with a newly-designed 18W power adapter featuring USB Type-C interface for a faster charging experience. Apple so far has no further plan for the iPad mini series.
The report also repeats previous rumors around the release of the 2018 model iPhones: one that features a 5.8-inch OLED display, one with a 6.5-inch OLED display and one with a 6.1-inch LCD display.