Apple is reported to be working on a new, low-cost version of its MacBook Air laptop that will be released later this year, as well as updating the Mac mini desktop.
According to a report by Bloomberg, the new MacBook Air will have thinner bezels around the higher-resolution “Retina” screen. Apple’s current MacBook Air remains the only Apple laptop without a high-resolution screen, but these new developments plan to improve on that. The 12-inch MacBook launched in 2015 was seen as a replacement to the MacBook Air, but its price tag was still too steep for most. This new MacBook Air will also be more geared towards consumers looking for a more affordable laptop.
Apple is also planning an upgrade to the Mac mini, the first in about four years. The Mac mini is a desktop computer that you only need to hook up to your own display, keyboard, and mouse. The computer was popular for its affordability and its surprising amount of power. It was very popular among app developers, those running home media centres, and server farm managers for that very reason. For the newer version, Apple is focusing primarily on these pro users, as well as new storage and processor options that might end up making the Mac mini more expensive than previous versions.
The new devices will likely be unveiled at Apple’s now-annual September event where it announces its newest iPhones, Bloomberg suggested.