Apple is said to be working on new products for its Mac line, including a low-cost MacBook, and a professional-grade Mac mini Pro. According to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, these devices will launch later this year.
According to multiple rumors, the low-cost MacBook’s design will be a revised MacBook Air, but, with a 13′ inch Retina display. The low-cost notebook will be primarily aimed at Education market, priced in a way that makes it accessible to students and teachers. For reference, the current MacBook Air 13-inch retails for $999, and the cheapest 12-inch Retina MacBook retails for $1,299.
Other rumors speculate that this low-cost option will be branded as a MacBook Air, just with a Retina display, but, at this time, it is unclear what Apple is planning on naming the laptop.
In regards to the Mac mini Pro, rumors speculate that Apple will finally be updating the well-dated $499 Mac mini. The current Mac mini hasn’t been updated since October 16th, 2014, and still features a Core i5-4260U Haswell chipset on the base model. All other Mac mini models offer variants of the Haswell chipsets.
Little information is currently known of the new Mac mini, but, rumors from 2017 state that Apple is working on a Mac mini that “won’t be so mini anymore.” It is said to feature Pro-level components such as new storage and higher-end processor options. These components are said to make the new Mac mini larger, and more expensive than the current model.
Lastly, it has been long-rumored that Apple is designing its own Pro-display for the upcoming modular Mac Pro, and possibly the new Mac mini Pro. This display will be targeted at creative professionals and will be considered a separate product from the LG Ultrafine 4K and 5K displays.
We should expect Apple to announce these products possibly in September or wait until October where they usually update their Mac lineup. Apple could also hold off the Pro Display until the Mac Pro announcement next year.