The Cupertino-based tech giant Apple is reportedly working on affordable low-cost MacBook series to compete with Chromebook models in the education sector. This low-cost MacBook series could be launched in the second half of 2024.
The iPhone maker is planning to release a new type of product that’s different from their current MacBook Air and Pro laptops. This new product will still have a metal exterior but will be made from cheaper materials. This change is expected to reduce the cost of the internal parts, according to DigiTimes’ industry sources.
As per the report, a new MacBook series might not be coming out in the first half of next year because major Apple suppliers like Quanta Computer and Foxconn haven’t shown any signs of it.
Over 13.9 million Chromebooks were shipped in 2019, increasing to over 30.4 million in 2020 and 33.5 million in 2021, according to DigiTimes Research, highlighting the popularity of Google’s low-cost laptops in the education sector, especially during and around the global pandemic.
However, Chromebook sales have slowed down a bit since the pandemic ended, but the company is still selling more than before COVID. Many schools have chosen Chromebooks over Apple’s iPads in recent years.
Meanwhile, Apple is all set to host its ‘Wonderlust’ event next week, September 12, where the brand is expected to unveil four new iPhones — iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max/Ultra. Leaks have already revealed that all latest iPhones will be equipped with a USB-C port and the Dynamic Island feature.
Several reports have also claimed that iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are set to come with additional features, including a titanium frame, customizable Action button, A17 Bionic chip, Wi-Fi 6E support, and more. The upcoming iPhone 15 Pro models might come with a sleek titanium frame that’s lighter than the previous stainless steel one.
Inside, they could boast a speedy A17 Bionic chip built using a cutting-edge 3nm process. Instead of the usual Ring/Silent switch, there might be a new Action button that can do various tasks.