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    Echoing reports from the Chinese electronics industry covered here last month, a financial analyst is saying that Apple's ramping up to manufacture a MacBook Air with an 11.6" screen, to be released in September. BMO Capital analyst Keith Bachman claims in a note to his clients that the new mini-MBA will be cheaper and made in much larger quantities than the current model, which is the opposite of what DigiTimes reported in July. Bachman is also expecting new iPod touch and nano models next month.

    The MacBook Air is the one Apple product that hasn't been refreshed recently, with no changes to the slim notebook in over a year. This has led to a steadily increasing number of reports about new models in the pipeline. Bachman asserts, straight out that Apple "will" launch two different 11.6-inch MacBook Air models in September, though he says he is "not yet clear on all the specs." He is predicting a drop in the price, which is currently much higher than comparable MacBook models. The production volume of the new shrunken MBA, according to "supply chain checks" that Bachman says his firm did in China, "could far exceed the current Air, which we believe could suggest lower starting prices. Though he didn't break it down by product, he says he's expecting Apple to ship just under 3 million notebooks next quarter.

    Additionally, Bachman predicts a new, "much smaller" iPod nano that won't have a clickwheel, and may squeeze the iPod shuffle out of the bottom of the product line, and well as the camera-equipped 4th-gen iPod touch that we keep hearing about. As much as this is potentially just hot air, it's important to remember that the people who report to Wall Street are held to a higher standard than tech bloggers: this guy could lose his job if this turns out to be bogus.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: More Mini MacBook Air Rumors started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      What's the appeal of a Macbook Air? It's worse than the Macbook Pro and costs more!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Why? for 1.4 inches more you have a macbook or macbook pro! Why make super slim super portable devices that are also super expensive? If these rumors are true, they just reiterate the fact that lately Apple just seem to have more money than sense.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      I would personally really like one for what I do and I like how portable they are
    1. Shockster's Avatar
      Shockster -
      It fits in a manila folder...
    1. Darrius777's Avatar
      Darrius777 -
      Well If they priced it below $1,000 it might start to compete with the high end ipads. I doubt apple would want that.
    1. elite_jounin's Avatar
      elite_jounin -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      What's the appeal of a Macbook Air? It's worse than the Macbook Pro and costs more!
      I couldn't agree more!
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      MBA is a piece of crap. It doesn't even have a cd drive, what is the point of this? $1000 to get a 1.5 inch thick computer. I swear anyone can probably break this in half easily. This thing is all show and no real use for anything. Just get a MBP or a real laptop if you need one.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Thought steve jobs hated netbooks?
    1. Nyra98's Avatar
      Nyra98 -
      I think that the idea of a computer that is 1.5 inches thick is pretty cool, but its not really useful for much.
    1. skblut's Avatar
      skblut -
      MacBook airs are nice because they are light and the ones with the ssd are fast but they are way overpriced and underpowered.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I love my macbook air perfect side. I'm not sure about smaller. All that said, my next computer will likely to be a Macbook Pro. It's faster, more memory, and cost a lot less.
    1. chrispy212's Avatar
      chrispy212 -
      I'm suprised Apple want to continue along the Air route. Sure we were all suitably impressed when they squeezed the hardware that they did into such a small enclosure. Say what you will, in engineering terms, it is remarkable. But to put such a high price tag on what is effectively a notebook, and declare it a revolution, seems, whilst very in character for Apple, a little overzealous. And the above posters are right; if the iPad sits somewhere between a high-end smartphone and mid-range laptop, that does not leave much space for an under-specified, over-priced novelty item. A game-changing addition or two to the Air is going to be neccesary to differentiate it from the rest of the product line, and secure a niche for it.
    1. mknapper1's Avatar
      mknapper1 -
      I'm not sure why everyone keeps saying 1.5 inches thick because the MacBook pros are only 1 inch thick and the air is about .75

      But anyways this would be a great laptop for those who have an iMac at home and want something super portable, my only gripe with the current one is the lack of the multi-touch trackpad and why it still has that ugly silver bezel. It's the only aluminum product besides the iPod classic that has the ugly bezel
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      For me as a gamer, I don't want the Air. Its price is more than the Pros and it is underpowered.

      However, it doesn't really mean it is worthless. It depends on what you do on computers.
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      For me as a gamer, I don't want the Air. Its price is more than the Pros and it is underpowered.

      However, it doesn't really mean it is worthless. It depends on what you do on computers.
      finally a neutral post.. thanks for that
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by madczech View Post
      finally a neutral post.. thanks for that
      Like switzerland
    1. HeartGoldZephyr95's Avatar
      HeartGoldZephyr95 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Like switzerland
      I don't get it haha!
    1. skj8100's Avatar
      skj8100 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mknapper1 View Post
      I'm not sure why everyone keeps saying 1.5 inches thick because the MacBook pros are only 1 inch thick and the air is about .75

      But anyways this would be a great laptop for those who have an iMac at home and want something super portable, my only gripe with the current one is the lack of the multi-touch trackpad and why it still has that ugly silver bezel. It's the only aluminum product besides the iPod classic that has the ugly bezel
      And you have no gripe about it being seriously underpowered and ridiculously overpriced?
    1. evolasme's Avatar
      evolasme -
      Id much rather them port OSX into an Ipad, seem Apple it going in the direction of Fragile is better
    1. ishamiyal's Avatar
      ishamiyal -
      ...those of us that are not 15 with no funds (not being condescending here), and are world business travelers spending days at a time in airports or on the road. If you don't understand the point of the Air, you probably are not the target audience.

      The prospect of lugging around a 6 pnd 17" MBP doesn't appeal to me in the slightest, and to be honest, neither does my 5 pnd MacBook. It's just too heavy when taking into account other things I need for carry on and don't want to put in checked luggage.

      Business professionals need a lightweight machine they can use for word processing, email, web browsing, maybe vid watching, and in my case the ability to run various network admin-ing apps like RDP, SSH, direct serial connection, etc. that are just not good experiences on an iPhone or iPad.

      So while the price is high, people like myself are more than willing to pay a premium for the convenience and use it as a tax write off. Performance doesn't always come in the form of a fast processor or HD...