This entry-level MacBook can only be an Air model because the same report says the device is getting a 13.3-inch a-Si panel made by LG Display. These are thought to be for a new MacBook Air, which now comes with a 1,440 x 900 resolution screen.
DigiTimes is also claiming that the laptop will cost the same as the current MacBook Air, which is priced at $999, or possibly higher, and that its display resolution will be similar to Apple's 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, which is at 2,560-x1,600. The company could have plans to unveil a lower priced Retina MacBook that replaces the MacBook Air at the event.
Hsiao pointed out that Apple originally looked to reduce cost by seeking panel supply for the new MacBook from a China-based maker, but the US-based vendor has made a decision to source the panels from Korea-based LG Display due to issues at the China supplier. The MacBook, meanwhile, has a 12-inch display with 2304 x 1440 resolution. Now that claim has gotten backed up by another report which differs slightly on the "cheaper" part.
The 13-inch MacBook is reported to enter mass production at the end of May.
According to DigiTimes, Apple is expected to ship around four million units of this new 13-inch MacBook during the course of 2018. Said panel, by the way, should come from LG Display, even though Apple may have initially struck a supply deal with an unspecified "China-based maker".
"In other supply chain news it's noted that Apple is to release a new cheap 9.7" iPad in Q2 and a new iPad Pro in the second half of the year. The rumor mill is expecting at least one new iPad Pro this year, with a new bezel design, removal of home button, and integration of Face ID unlock.