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  • Shortages Bolster "Mini-MacBook Air" Rumors

    As reports spread indicating shortages of the entry-level MacBook Air model at a number of online resellers, the longstanding rumor of a new, possibly smaller model is getting a boost. AppleInsider, which checks inventory at multiple sites as part of its Mac Price Guide, reports that all but one of the resellers it contacted have completely run out of the 1.83GHz MacBook Air, and that at least two also have no 2.13GHz models in stock. Additionally, reports that stores are pulling MacBook Air SuperDrives off the shelves is further intensifying speculation that a new model is about to drop. Apple last refreshed the product line in June of last year.

    Back in January, reports emerged suggesting that the MacBook Air refresh was waiting on supplies of the low-power version of Intel's Core i5 processor. And in July, DigiTimes had claimed that Apple was at work on a new MacBook Air with a 11.6-inch screen. Despite that publication's inconsistent success rate with predictions, the same report did accurately describe the fourth-generation iPod touch released last month. A financial analyst echoed that report in August, saying that the smaller MacBook Air was already in production.

    Apple resellers generally let supplies of end-of-life models diminish to avoid having to sell them at a discount once a newer model hits the market. The fact that so many large resellers - from Amazon.com to MacConnection, MacMall and J&R - have no stock is a pretty strong suggestion that something is afoot, as are reports that Apple will not send any more MacBook Airs to resellers until Oct. 12 through Oct. 16 at the earliest. So this may or may not have to do with the "mini-MBA" that rumormongers have been talking about for months, but it's increasingly likely we'll see something new.

    Source: AppleInsider, image via TimeCenter
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Shortages Bolster "Mini-MacBook Air" Rumors started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. fallnet's Avatar
      fallnet -
      What about 13" MacBook Pro refresh??? I hope it will be update before Christmas. Im waiting for it cause I dont want old C2D CPU.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by f3nd3rmus1c View Post
      That's a good point. When I go back to look at it I notice that they slimmed the keyboard down along with it - plausible, but not probable for Apple (in my honest opinion). It seems they always think highly of their keyboards.

      On a side note, what do you need a tank bag for? I carry my MacBook in my backpack when I ride.
      Really, personal preference, but here's why I prefer it:
      Motorcycle-specific backpacks cost lots of $$$ and normal backpacks are very hard to get on over a full jacket (backpack's straps get caught on all the jacket's buckles, armor, eleastic snaps, and adjuster straps), especially when loaded.

      I do use my large backpack from time to time but many stores will not let me enter with it. The bike is my primary transportation, so that's important to me. I think they hesitate to say anything about the small tank bag because it'd be like demanding that a woman leave her purse with them (not gonna happen!). Also, I keep a tiny Timbuk2 "hidden backpack" in the tank bag in case I need extra room (double-thick wallet sized thing that unzips into a large shopping-bag sized backpack).

      Ride safe, man.