Devices in the recently formed “Ultrabook” category are expected to see significant price reductions in the first quarter of 2012, due mainly to Intel providing a $100 marketing subsidy to the manufacturers.
Macbook Air News
Apple will be updating their MacBook Air line early next year, reports DigiTimes, and introducing a new 15-inch model alongside updated 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models.
Apple’s Black Friday sales blew away expectations, with Apple recording their biggest sales day of all time. Apple had forecasted sales of 4x higher than normal, but quickly exceeded those expectations.
Potential Macbook Air competitors will have to use other materials like plastic, as Apple monopolizes of the aluminium chassis supply.
Apple reportedly almost released a 15″ MacBook Air in 2010, but had to scrap the device due to design issues, and will be releasing the 15″ MacBook Air early next year instead.
MacRumors reports today that Apple was oh, so close to releasing the MacBook Air with an AMD CPU. Claims are that “Apple had late stage AMD Llano based MacBook Air prototypes last spring and had been ‘on the verge of production’.”
HP have launched a direct competitor to Apple’s Macbook Air, the Folio 13 Ultrabook. HP’s first “business Ultrabook” will be available from December 7th and will cost $900, which is $100 dollars cheaper than the basic Macbook Air model.
Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty provides the latest NPD figures, showing that Apple’s popular MacBook Air now make up 28 percent of the company’s notebook shipments, up from 8% in the first half of this year.
A recent report suggests that suppliers will begin shipping components to Apple this month for an ultra-thin 15″ MacBook this month. Retail shipments of the new MacBook are reportedly set to begin in March of 2012.
Chinese clone manufacturer Shenzhen Technology has developed a clone of the MacBook Air that may draw lawsuits from Apple.
Following a report from June suggesting that Apple was preparing an ultra-thin 15″ Mac notebook, a new report from Macotakara now claims that the new device is now even closer, with Apple having finished testing of a 15″ LCD component for the notebook.
Following their recent iPhoto 9.2.1 update, Apple has also released EFI firmware updates for the early 2011 MacBook Pro, mid-2011 MacBook Air and mid-2011 Mac Mini, as well as a general Thunderbolt updated for OS X Lion and an update to Quicktime for Windows.
Those of you looking to pick up an inexpensive second computer or who are looking to save some money on a MacBook Air may be excited to know that the Apple Online Store is now offering refurbished last-gen MacBook Airs starting at just $699.
Apple’s finally piecing the Thunderbolt puzzle together – new devices are being announced and released, and Apple’s new Thunderbolt display is set to hit retail store shelves in the very near future. Apple is preparing for the coming Thunderbolt age by releasing MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.1.
It’s obvious that the MacBook Air is thin, particularly at the very front where the tapering ends. One user, however, took that realization to the next level by preparing an entire meal using the MacBook Air as a cutting blade to slice shrimp, mushrooms, and more.
Toshiba officially showcased their first ultraportable notebook last week, called the Portégé Z830. Toshiba claims it’s the thinnest notebook ever made, and ready to battle the MacBook Air head-on.