New 13-inch MacBook apparently coming in H2 2018, MacBook Air could get the axe

The MacBook Air faces imminent retirement. (Source: Apple)
The MacBook Air faces imminent retirement. (Source: Apple)
Going by the huge orders placed by Apple for LCD modules for a new 13-inch MacBook, it appears that the Cupertino giant might soon retire the iconic MacBook Air as it does seem out of place with the new MacBook range.

General Interface Solution (GIS) has reportedly bagged a sizeable order from Apple for manufacturing LCD modules (LCMs) for a 13-inch MacBook, which is expected to be released sometime in the second half of 2018. GIS Chairman, Chou Hsien-ying, disclosed that the production of LCMs accounts for a small portion of the company's total revenues. With Apple's new order, the company is looking to scale up the production of LCMs from 300,000 units to 600,000 units per month. 

While it is great to see a new 13-inch MacBook, it might very well signal the end of the iconic MacBook Air. The MacBook Air launched close to a decade ago and started the trend of slimmer notebooks that focused on portability and battery life. Ever since Apple redesigned the MacBook line with modern internals and connectivity, the Air seemed a little out of place. The new 13-inch MacBook could be expected to take the Air's spot given that Apple already killed the 11-inch Air in 2016. 

Apple did not comment on its upcoming MacBook plans but industry sources say that this will most likely be the plan. Apple would also look towards pricing it in line with the current 13-inch Air keeping in mind the targeted sales for this segment. 

For those already feeling nostalgic, here's a video of Steve Jobs introducing the MacBook Air at Mac World 2008 (skip to 48:58 for the Air reveal). 


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-01-25 (Update: 2018-01-25)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.