Apple to debut $800 MacBook Air this year: rumor

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch

If you’re thinking about picking up a new laptop, you might want to wait a little while longer. According to Taiwan-based DigiTimes — a notoriously spotty source of unverified Apple news — Apple plans to release a MacBook Air for $799, which is $200 less expensive than the cheapest new model currently available. The relatively inexpensive MacBook Air is expected to debut sometime in the second half of this year.

This report is entirely unconfirmed, of course. And we are guessing that this information came from a market analyst, rather than someone who actually knows what Apple has in the pipeline. (DigiTimes says their info comes from “sources from the upstream supply chain,” as if that means anything.) Why? Because the report has an analyst’s logic that makes it ring true — but no evidence to back it up.

That is to say, it makes complete sense, business-wise, for Apple to release a less expensive MacBook Air this year. After all, Intel is aggressively pushing out its Ultrabook brand of super-thin, portable laptops from a variety of companies. Ultrabooks were the biggest thing to hit this year’s CES, and are sure to make waves in the PC market, with some Ultrabooks expected to cost as little as $699 in the US. To achieve such a light price tag, however, PC makers (like Acer) have had to build their Ultrabooks with cheap materials, and make various other corner-cutting measures. Because of this, Apple is perfectly positioned to offer a slightly more expensive option that has far better built quality — not to mention OS X and the Apple name.

Makes sense, right? Unfortunately for those of us wishing for an $800 MacBook Air, it doesn’t necessarily make sense for Apple. The Giant of Cupertino rarely reacts to the market — it defines the market. And it has already done so with its Air line of MacBooks, which is years ahead of competitors. In other words: Apple doesn’t need to release a less expensive MacBook Air to stay competitive; it is the competition.

Now, that’s not to say that Apple won’t release an $800 MacBook Air. It would surely sell a staggering number if it did. But something tells us Apple will take the iPad/iPhone route if it does: release the new, improved model at the $999 price point, and drop the price of the current low-end model down to $799.

That’s our guess — and that’s all it is, a guess. What do you think? Will Apple cut the price of its entry-level MacBook Air to $800? And would you buy if it did?


Renders of 2019 iPhone show surprisingly chunky camera module

While it's not been long since the last iPhones launched, rumors for the next iPhone are already surfacing. Apple's 2019 flagship could include a variety of upgrades ranging from a new design to enhanced features.

These are the best 13-inch laptops you can buy right now

With so much choice out there, how do you know which are the best 13-inch laptops? They should have beautiful screens, long battery life, and remain light and portable. This is a list of our favorites.

In 2019, laptops are better than ever. Here are the best of the best

The best laptop should be one that checks all the boxes: Great battery life, beautiful design, and top-notch performance. Our picks for the best laptops you can buy do all that — and throw in some extra features while they're at it.

Need a new tablet? Here are the best iPad deals for April 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for April 2018.

Want to watch Netflix in bed or browse the web? We have a tablet for everyone

There’s so much choice when shopping for a new tablet that it can be hard to pick the right one. From iPads to Android, these are our picks for the best tablets you can buy right now whatever your budget.

On a budget? We found the best affordable smartphones you can buy

Here are the best affordable phones for anyone working with a tight budget, whether you're a fan of stock Android or marathon battery life. Find out what you can get for under $500 or far, far less as we round up the best budget…

Leaked memo: If your MacBook keyboard dies, Apple will fix or replace in one day

If your Apple MacBook keyboard is problematic, getting it fixed at a Genius Bar just got a lot easier. Apple has now mandated that its Geniuses repair or replace MacBook keyboards by the next working day.

Which smartphone has the best camera? We found the sharpest shooters

They say that the best camera is always the one you have with you and that makes your smartphone camera very important indeed. Join us for a closer look at the best camera phones available right now.

We tried all the latest and greatest smartphones to find the best of 2019

Smartphones are perhaps the most important and personal piece of tech on the planet. That’s why it’s important to pick the best phone for your individual needs. Here are the best smartphones you can buy.

Step into Childish Gambino’s musical universe with the Pharos AR app

Childish Gambino seems to be on a mission to take over everyone's smartphones. Now you can experience his musical and visual universe through his new Pharos AR app, available on Android now and iOS soon.

Need a minute to yourself? Buy some alone time with the best tablets for kids

Looking to keep those tiny fingers and brains busy? Tablets aren’t just for grown-ups, and many are kid-friendly! Here's our list of the best tablets for kids, with parental controls and plenty of tempting features to satisfy your…

Bigger isn’t always better: 5 of the smallest smartphones worth buying

Phones are getting larger and larger, but what options exist for the small-of-hand, or people who just want a phone they can use one-handed? In a world of phablets, some of the smallest smartphones can still pack a punch.
Home Theater

Beats Powerbeats Pro: Everything you need to know about the earphones

Apple will release a fully wireless pair of earphones in May from its Beats brand. The Powerbeats Pro earphones have impressive features to compete with the AirPods, along with a litany of other options. Here's everything we know.

Waze vs. Google Maps: Which map app should you be using?

Waze and Google Maps are two of the most popular apps for those looking for turn-by-turn navigation, yet there are some notable differences to point out. Here, we examine both to decide which offers the best feature set.