A fresh story out of Taiwan says that Apple is working on an inexpensive MacBook series that will compete with Chromebook versions in the field of education. If the report is accurate, the series may be released as early as the latter part of 2024.
The industry insiders cited by DigiTimes indicate that Apple will most likely debut a fresh line of products in order to distinguish it from the current MacBook Air and MacBook Pro ranges. According to the source, the outward appearance will still make use of a metal shell, but it will be built of “distinguished materials,” and the price of the mechanical parts will be reduced.
The launch timeline for the purported new MacBook series seems to be determined by a lack of associated activity at major suppliers to Apple including Quanta Computer as well as Foxconn. As a result, an introduction in the initial half of the following year is unlikely to take place.
In accordance with DigiTimes Research, around 13.9 million Chromebooks were delivered in 2019, which is expected to increase in 2020 to over 30.4 million as well as 33.5 million in 2021. This highlights the appeal of Google’s inexpensive laptops in the field of education, particularly in the wake of the worldwide epidemic.
It has been reported that Chromebook sales have slowed considerably following the conclusion of the lockdowns; nonetheless, the scale of deliveries is still bigger than it was before COVID-19. It is reported that the number of colleges and universities that have embraced Chromebooks over the course of the past few years has also witnessed tremendous development. This is especially true in contrast to the sales of Apple’s iPads in the educational sector, which have trailed behind.
Since this is the first time that we are aware of the idea that Apple is currently developing an additional MacBook line that the company would price under its more expensive MacBook products and services, it is important that we keep our expectations realistic until we receive confirmation from additional sources.