- Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said a new 13-inch version of Apple's thin laptop could be rolled out in the second quarter of 2018.
- Kuo said he expects total shipments of MacBook models to grow between 10 percent and 15 percent year-on-year in 2018.
Apple could launch a cheaper MacBook Air this year, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is known for his accurate insights into the technology firm's future products.
The analyst, from KGI Securities, said that a new 13-inch version of Apple's thin laptop could be released in the second quarter of 2018.
"We expect Apple 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 percent year-on-year in 2018 (versus 0-5 percent year-on-year decline for the Notebook industry), up from 15.5-16 million units in 2017," Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note obtained by the MacRumors website on Saturday.
Kuo did not provide any further details about the product.
The current 13-inch MacBook Air model starts at $999. Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) usually takes place around June, which could mean the updated MacBook Air will be launched there.
Kuo's note mirrored a report from DigiTimes in January that also suggested an entry-level MacBook would be on the cards later this year.