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Rumors about MacBook Air 2018 features, prices, and release date have been breaking the Internet for quite some time. Seeing the intensity of the grapevine, I thought it’s the right time to jump on the bandwagon to catch up with everything that’s expected to inject life into the virtually dead MacBook!
So, what are the features that are expected to embrace the notebook? Going by the winds, the laptop is going to be on the same lines as its predecessor, with just a bit of spec bumps. And the entire focus is going to be on reviving the entry-level MacBook lineup.
MacBook Air 2018 Release Date, Features and Price Prediction
So, what the Analyst Says?
Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo firmly believes that the Cupertino-based company will introduce a lower priced MacBook to attract those who wish to enter Apple’s vast ecosystem without having to spend a lot of dollars.
He predicts that the total shipments of MacBook models will grow 10-15% YoY in 2018 up from 15.5-16mn units in 2017; as against 0-5% YoY decline for the NB industry.
“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% 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.” – KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo
DigiTimes has also reported that Apple is all set to launch a more affordable notebook, which is about the same level as that of the existing MacBook Air.
“Apple is preparing to release a new entry-level MacBook at the end of the second quarter with a price tag expected to be about the same level as that of the existing MacBook Air or slightly higher.” – Digitimes
MacBook Air 2018 Display
The upcoming MacBook Air is said to feature a better display than its predecessors. The laptop’s panel will come in 13.3-inches. The resolution, billed at 2560×1600, would be at par with Retina levels.
LG is reportedly manufacturing the display for the notebook and is said to supply the panel in April. And the machine will enter mass production at the end of May or the beginning of June.
As far as assembly is concerned, Quanta Computer has 70% of the orders, whereas Foxconn Electronics has obtained 30%.
MacBook Air 2018 Storage
The current version of MacBook Air is available only in two storage variants like 128GB and 256GB. And we expect the upcoming version to fall on the same line.
Charging and Expansion
We don’t see many changes as far as charging and expansion are concerned. Apple is likely to retain the headphone jack.
- Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
- Thunderbolt 2 port (up to 20 Gbps)
- MagSafe 2 power port
- SDXC card slot
- 5mm headphone jack
MacBook Air 2018 Price
According to Kuo, the price point of the notebook would be somewhere around $ 799–$ 899. However, Digitimes reports that pricing will be the same as or a tad higher than the current MacBook Air ($ 999).
MacBook Air 2018 Release Date
Rumors have it that the tech giant will unveil the new MacBook Air at WWDC 2018. And, the pre-orders, as well as launch, will kick off soon.
Stay tuned for more
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Explore your favorite Marvel character’s history with this graphic novel sale.
Almost 300 digital Marvel graphic novel collections are on sale at Amazon for just $ 0.99 each. Most of these volumes were previously priced at $ 10.99, though some were a few dollars higher or lower. These collections include multiple issues to illustrate the backstory and beyond of various Marvel heroes and villains. To read these comics, you’ll need either the Kindle app or Comixology app which can be downloaded onto your computer, smartphone or tablet.
If you just can’t wait for Black Panther 2, kick back and catch up with Wakanda’s hero tonight. If hearing that Defenders Season 2 on Netflix might not happen bums you out, pick up the beginning of the team’s comic series to ease the pain. The Marvel Firsts: The 1970s is a really nice collection too with more issues included than most of the volumes in this sale.
Some other collections include
- Black Panther Prelude
- Vision: The Complete Series
- Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 1: Imperial Machine
- Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1: Into The Twilight
- Marvel Firsts: The 1960s
Search the full sale as there are tons more comics sure to feature your favorite Marvel character.
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According to the International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments worldwide have declined 0.5% in 2017 making it the first year-over-year decline in the market since the evolution of smartphones. A total of 1.46 billion devices were shipped in 2017 including both Android and iOS. Furthermore, IDC says that it is expecting shipments to fall to a lower single-digit growth in 2018 and the overall market to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.8% over the 2017-2022 forecast period with volumes forecast to reach 1.68 billion units in 2022. Design changes and innovations are expected to be the impactful requirement of the industry. IDC says that technology advances are becoming less about tangible hardware aesthetics and more about components and software. This shift is making a huge difference as smartphones these days are marching towards bigger screens and smaller bezels. There is a chance in 2018 that phablets out-ship regular smartphones, essentially ending the race for bigger screens. With 5G becoming the next big thing, OEMs, component suppliers, telcos, and services companies are looking to capitalize. IDC expects commercial 5G smartphones to hit the market in 2019, ramping up to account for roughly 18% of worldwide shipments by 2022. In terms of OS …