Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple analyst of KGI securities was quoted saying that “he expects Apple to release a new MacBook Air with a lower price tag with the second quarter of this year (2018), which means that we will be seeing it sooner rather than later. Ming-Chi Kuo expects that the upcoming more affordable MacBook Air will help in pushing the MacBook shipments up by to 10-15 percent this year.
Apple to Soon launching an affordable variant of 13 Inch MacBook Air in the second quarter of 2018
“We expect Apple (US) to roll out the new MacBook Air with a lower price tag in 2Q18. We forecast total shipments of MacBook models will grow 10-15% YoY in 2018 (vs. 0-5% YoY decline for the NB industry), up from 15.5-16mn units in 2017. While Quanta, Radiant, Catcher and SZS are likely to benefit from strong shipments momentum, SZS also stands to benefit from increased market share and a higher ASP” – Quoted by Ming-Chi Kuo
Apple is currently selling the 13-inch MacBook Air with a configuration of 128GB of PCIe-based storage, 1.8GHz of dual-core i5 processor, including 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM at a starting price of INR 65000/- in India, and this (13-inch Mac Book Air) is the best pick for/of most of the teens and college students.
This gadget came up with a small update at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2017, with a slightly faster processor, and 8GB of RAM as a default.
MacBook Air was launched at the MacWorld Expo in San Fransisco in 2008 by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and it has not been updated since 2015 and Apple have focused more on the 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro.
The Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also quoted that demand for HomePod is medium till date. However, the overall demand for this smart speaker (Homepod) with the criteria of shipping time is Quite Good.
Apart from this, Ming-Chi Kuo also mentioned the arrival of iPhones with 6.1inch of size configuration this year saying it will make for a strong year for suppliers such as Unimicron, as well as Apple partners Wistron and Pegatron.