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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. mudrock1000's Avatar
      mudrock1000 -
      An insane computer model for insane people.
      I personally want my laptop to feel, well, like a laptop and not a toy. And surely not something that if I drop, isn't going to shatter into a million pieces. Idc if it really won't, I don't want to find out.
      I can't get a new mac because I just hate how everything has to be thin. I want a super laptop, not a thin laptop.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by evolasme View Post
      Id much rather them port OSX into an Ipad, seem Apple it going in the direction of Fragile is better
      Why do you want Apple to port OS X onto the iPad? iPad isn't optimized for computer operating systems.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      If this existed earlier I would have bought it because it would have been the only non-netbook which fits in my motorcycle tank bag. The M11x may be thicker, but I'm a gamer and am much happier. That said, it BARELY fits and an 11.6" MBA would surely fit better (less boarder around the screen, I'm sure).
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      I've always been a fan of the MacBook air but cannot justify paying so much for one. They should leave the size alone, and work on dropping the price.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Sticking with the pro it would be nice for a business aspect
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      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!
      No Disk drive + No Ethernet = POS
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      No Disk drive + No Ethernet = POS
      Plus like only 1 usb port, MacBook Air is worse than a POS.
    1. jiggle's Avatar
      jiggle -
      I love my macbook air it does everything i need, pretty well. Ive had it 2 and a bit years. If the haters had one, they'd love it to.
    1. phwelo's Avatar
      phwelo -
      wow i came here to find some info about the prospective mini macbook and it's just a bunch of flaming about how bad the macbook air is. thanks for wasting my time folks
    1. vegassteven's Avatar
      vegassteven -
      Quote Originally Posted by Darrius777 View Post
      Well If they priced it below $1,000 it might start to compete with the high end ipads. I doubt apple would want that.
      Which is why that'll never happen...
    1. baRRy boRRis's Avatar
      baRRy boRRis -
      A Mini MBA appeals to me much more than an iPad. Even if it is going to be a bit pricey, will beat the sh!t out of any other netbook :P