Ming-Chi Kuo says the new laptop is coming this year and DigiTimes says it's coming in June.
Perhaps when the new accessibly priced MacBook reaches the market in June it will sport one of Apple's new patented keyboard designs. According to the report, the 13-inch MacBook will feature a 2560×1600 panel, with a 226 PPI density - the same as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Sources familiar with Apple's supply chain told Digitimes that the new entry-level MacBook will be launched at the end of the second quarter, priced "bout the same level as that of the existing MacBook Air or slightly higher". These are thought to be for a new MacBook Air, which now comes with a 1,440 x 900 resolution screen. In the report, it's said the company may introduce a new 13-inch MacBook that's cheaper than the current 12-inch MacBook but would likely replace the current 13-inch MacBook Air.
Apple was supposedly set to use a Chinese manufacturer to make the display for the new MacBook, however, as a result of quality issues, they are now using LG Display.
70% of the orders will be handled by Quanta and 30% by Foxconn and Apple is likely to ship between four and six million units in 2018.
Meanwhile, the upstream supply chain has recently begun shipping components for iPad Pro upgrades and a new affordable 9.7-inch iPad - a refreshed version of its 2017 counterpart. The tablet will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018, while new iPad Pro models are due in the second half of the year.