Apple is reported to have sold 1.2 million of its razor thin and uber light MacBook Air during the holiday shopping season. This report as competing PC manufacturers hope to steal some of Apple’s thunder by introducing their own “Ultrabooks” at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show.
Macbook Air News
Acer is once again bashing Apple, claiming that the Mac is just a passing fancy, and that Intel’s Ultrabook will defeat them by 2014.
Intel’s next-gen processors, and therefore the next MacBook Air, will support up to three simultaneous displays (one of which is built-in), in comparison to the single external display supported by current Thunderbolt MacBook Airs.
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.
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.