However its display size which is 13.3-inches does suggest that it would be of the MacBook Air variety, unless of course Apple is planning on introducing a 13.3-inch MacBook, which would actually make it more expensive and not cheaper. This is the same as the current generation MacBook Pro. This should also be accompanied by a slightly more pricey version toting double the storage at 256GB. The MacBook could feature a 13.3-inch a-Si panel with a resolution that is similar to that of the MacBook Pro; 2,560 x 1,600 pixels.
A Digitimes report published today notes that while Apple originally looked to reduce cost by seeking panel supply for the new MacBook from a China-based maker, Apple finally made a decision to source the panels from Korea-based LG Display due to issues at the China supplier.
Whilst it seems like it will be cheaper than the current 12-inch MacBook which costs $1299, Digitimes is not very precise when it comes to pricing. LG Display will start supplying panels by April this year. The company could have plans to unveil a lower priced Retina MacBook that replaces the MacBook Air at the event. LG will enter mass production at the end of May.
A report by Digitimes reveals that Apple is indeed looking to bring back the "affordable" MacBook after having focused on its premium MacBook Pro variants for the past couple of years.
Digitimes Research senior analyst Jim Hsiao expects shipments for the new MacBook to reach around four million units in 2018.
It also says that parts are also being produced for a new iPad Pro hardware upgrade destined to be released in the second half of 2018.