According to The Vancouver Sun, Apple plans on releasing a “new low-cost laptop and a professional-focused upgrade to the Mac mini desktop later this year.”
Apple insiders told The Vancouver Sun that the laptop will look “similar to the current MacBook Air, but will include thinner bezels around the screen” and the display will “remain about 13-inches.” It will likely “be geared toward consumers looking for a cheaper Apple computer, but also schools that often buy laptops in bulk.” Given that the current MacBook air costs about US$1,000, we can assume this PC will be cheaper than that.
As for the Mac mini desktop computer, this will be the first upgrade in four years. It is an affordable option for users who want to customize their desktop experience because it “doesn’t include a screen, keyboard, or mouse in the box and costs US$500.” For the new model, the Apple insiders say Apple is gearing the computer towards pro users – who purchase the computer to develop apps, run home media centres, manage server farms, etc.
The Mac line of computers represent a steady eleven percent of Apple sales in the last fiscal year, beating out the iPad. At the same time, however, Apple has been under pressure to adapt the Macs to the increasing professional needs of its users. In addition to the desktop allegedly being released later this year, “Apple has sought to address this by releasing a high-end iMac Pro and a new MacBook Pro with an updated keyboard and faster processor options.”
Apple often launches new computers in October, following the launch of new iPhones.
Source: vancouversun.com – Apple to release a new low-cost Macbook, pro-focused Mac mini later this year
Published: August 21, 2018