New report claims Apple planning low-cost iPad and MacBook launch in second quarter

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Supply chain watcher Digitimes has filed another report claiming components for a new "inexpensive" iPad and iPad Pro model have begun shipping. The refreshed version of the 2017 low-cost 9.7-inch iPad is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2018, while the new iPad Pro models are expected in the second-half of the year, according to the report.

The Digitimes originally reported that the new 9.7-inch model would retail at $259, a significant price drop from the current $329 price tag.

Apple is also working on a brand new "entry-level" 13-inch Retina MacBook, which will allegedly cost less than the current 12-inch MacBook. The new low-cost model will include similar specs to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, including a 2560×1600 display, with 226 PPI.

Digitimes didn't say what the new MacBook would cost, noting it will be about the "same level" or "slightly higher" than the existing MacBook Air which is $999.

The new MacBook is expected to enter mass production at the end of May which may mean we will get an announcement at Apple's WWDC conference in June.

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