Apple could look to release new low-cost iPhone, iPad, MacBook and even HomePod models this year

Apple has never been one to chase high volume sales at the expense of hefty profit margins, but 2016’s low-cost iPhone SE and that $329 iPad from last year may have proven the Cupertino-based tech giant can bring the best of both worlds together.

Whether a second-gen iPhone SE is in the pipeline or not, it seems more and more likely that Apple will continue to cater to cost-conscious consumers this year. Fresh research compiled by a market analysis firm called WitsView further corroborates existing rumors of a 2018 iPhone X-following LCD model priced somewhere between $649 and $749.

Believe it or not, new “budget-friendly” MacBook, iPad and even HomePod options could also see daylight by the end of the year. Of course, we’re not talking some ultra-affordable MacBook Air to take on Chromebooks or Always Connected Windows PCs, although a $200 discount is still something to consider.

That’s right, you could be asked to pay as little as $799 for an upcoming 13-incher with unknown specifications, while the sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad is reportedly targeting a starting price of around $259.

Last but certainly not least, possibly the most surprising product rumored today is some sort of a diminutive HomePod version fetching $150 to $200. Something like that would definitely allow Apple to rival more members of Amazon’s extensive Echo smart speaker family, though it doesn’t sound like Cupertino’s M.O. at all.

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Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).