The last quarter of 2018 looks set to be a busy one for Apple. Even taking the three new iPhones that we are confident in seeing next month out of the equation, there are continuing rumors that Apple will also launch at least one new notebook as well as redesigned iPad Pros.
If all of this comes to fruition then it is going to be a big three months for the company across many of its product lines.
While rumors of new MacBooks and MacBook Airs have been swirling for a while now, including reports that a new MacBook Air with Retina display is in the cards, the latest news on the subject comes out of DigiTimes which claims that Apple will announce a new MacBook this quarter, priced at $1200. The new machine will apparently take advantage of Intel’s 14-nanometer Kabylake CPU architecture as a direct result of continued delays relating to the new 10-nm chips.
There have been rumors of a new budget notebook from Apple leading to this point and it is fair to say that a $1,200 MacBook would not fit into that bracket. That leaves room for a new MacBook Air-type machine at a sub-$1,000 price point, although we won’t truly know until something is announced.
On the subject of announcements DigiTimes also believes that September will see the announcement of a “launch schedule” for the hotly anticipated AirPower charging solution. Set to be able to wirelessly charge the iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch simultaneously, the new charger was announced almost a year ago but has yet to be released. Pricing, according to reports, is expected to be anything up to $190 although potentially closer to $159.
(Source: 2018 iPad Pro concept renders)
Alongside a new MacBook announcement and more AirPower news, DigiTimes also believes we will see new iPad Pros announced with a redesigned 18-watt USB-C charger that will allow for faster power delivery. The rumors of new iPad Pros have been almost constant so we expect this to be accurate. For comparison, existing iPads ship with 1ow-12w power supplies.
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