Rumor mill DigiTimes claims that Apple will be unveiling an entry-level $1200 MacBook Pro at its iPhone event in September. Alongside its 2018 iPhones, the company will also be unveiling the AirPower at $160, something which it had first unveiled last year when it announced the iPhone X and iPhone 8.
The $1,200 price tag of the entry-level MacBook contradicts previous reports which claimed that it would launch with a $999 price tag. The DigiTimes report claims that the entry-level MacBook will launch with Intel’s previous generation ‘Kaby Lake’ processor to help keep its price in check.
Apple had originally wanted to launch the entry-level MacBook using 10nm chips from Intel, but due to the delay in its release, the company had to revise the product design to accommodate for the higher thermal envelope of Intel’s 14nm Kaby Lake chip. The 13-inch MacBook was initially scheduled for a release in Q4, 2017 but was delayed due to Intel’s inability to release its 10nm chip on time.
The report claims that Apple will also be unveiling its latest iPad Pro lineup at the event. This will comprise of an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro and an 11-inch iPad Pro. The latter will replace the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, with the previous models being discontinued by the company. Apple will also continue to sell the iPad mini 4 and does not have any upgrades planned for it. Both new iPads due to be unveiled by Apple will also ship with an 18W USB-C fast charger. The bump in screen size for the smaller iPad will likely be made possible by Apple ditching Touch ID and going for Face ID. This will allow the company to reduce the bezels on the tablet whilst also increasing the screen size slightly for a better user experience.
Given the number of products that Apple plans on launching in September, the company’s iPhone event is going to be pretty crazy and full of new product launches. This move does make sense since the 2018 iPhone lineup is going to be an iterative upgrade over the 2017 lineup thereby giving it the chance to unveil other hardware products as well.