Apple is reportedly planning to launch an ultra-low-cost MacBook series for education at a price point that is significantly lower than that of the entry-level MacBook Air, according to a very sketchy report.

According to the report, Apple may launch the new models as early as the second half of 2024 to compete with Chromebooks. As it specifically states that there is no sign of the devices in the production supply chain, Digitimes’ report is light on details.

It is likely that Apple will launch a new product line for its low-cost MacBooks to differentiate them from the existing MacBook Air and Pro models. It will still have a metal casing, but it will be made of a different material. Because the mechanical components are cheaper, the price will be more affordable for the education market, similar to Chromebooks.

Neither Quanta Computer nor Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) show signs of related activity; therefore, the product is unlikely to launch in the first half of 2024.

There’s nothing in the supply chain to support the claim, which is based on unspecified “industry sources.”