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  • New MacBook Airs Projected to Be Huge Holiday Seller



    Although it wouldn't take official research to convince most that Apple's new MacBook Airs will be big sellers this holiday season, the projections back up our suspicions, thanks to the research team of Concord Securities. As it stands, MacBook Airs are predicted to sell a whopping 700,000 units during the forthcoming holiday shopping season alone.

    DigiTimes covered the report, courtesy of analyst Mingchi Kuo, who boldly stated that MacBook Air shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 will be staggering, "accounting for more than 17% share of the company's 4.1 million Mac shipments." The 11.6-inch model will account for 60% of the total MacBook Air sales, according to the report, "due to its low price."

    In case you're wondering if Kuo is credible, the answer is yes. Kou - once with DigitTimes - is well known for scooping Apple's intention to launch the new 11.6-inch MacBook Air early last summer. For this reason, few are doubting the holiday sales estimate (something many investors will likely take to be an underlying but unstated recommendation of Apple stock) that Kuo projects. Taking estimates one step further, Kou also predicts that the arrival of Mac OS X Lion will sustain the momentum of the MacBook Air release well into 2011.

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    Comments 26 Comments
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      I don't understand the power Steve jobs has over people, not long ago he slandered netbooks (MacBook) saying there better at nothing, now the release there own version it's the best thing since sliced bread.

      6+ months ago, netbooks are crap.
      Present, netbooks are better than the iPad lmao what next the iPad 2 is better than MacBooks?

      Jobs: netbooks are a massive pile of ?meh?
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by skj8100 View Post
      You mean NETbook.......
      go to an apple store. there's nothing "netbook" about it.

      Netbooks are generally slow in performance, have mediocre keyboards, cheap screens with poor color reproduction and terrible GPUs that struggle to keep up with 720p, let alone 1080p. Can you play StarCraft II on a netbook? Call of Duty? In most cases, no. In other cases, just barely.

      This Mac, however, can do all of those things. It can run your pro apps like Photoshop (generally unthinkable on a netbook), 1080p with ease, modern games with ease, opens everything lightning fast (thanks, SSD), solid keyboard, unibody construction, and it's screen is just as good as any MacBook Pro screen. Just smaller.

      So no, this is just a really small Mac. NOT a netbook. The only thing this shares in common with a netbook is the size and weight. I've worked on netbooks. I've demo'd the new Air. There is no comparison.

      Quote Originally Posted by rocky5 View Post
      I don't understand the power Steve jobs has over people, not long ago he slandered netbooks (MacBook) saying there better at nothing, now the release there own version it's the best thing since sliced bread.

      6+ months ago, netbooks are crap.
      Present, netbooks are better than the iPad lmao what next the iPad 2 is better than MacBooks?

      Jobs: netbooks are a massive pile of ?meh?
      NO.

      The Air has been around for years. it wasn't a netbook then, it's not a netbook now. The objection to the netbook concept is not the physical size; it's the weak components inside of it. They were designed to be cheap, and the components and terrible screens were selected to intentionally make them inferior so as not to steal too many sales from the laptop market. As such, they are very limited in capability. Try getting an Atom and integrated graphics to run Adobe Premiere. Try getting that system to work on a 500mb Photoshop PSD file. Try getting an Atom + Integrated GPU to run 1080p YoutubeHD. Terrible experiences, all of them. hell, most netbooks struggle to a few simple things at the same time. I know: I've had to repair them and have bought 2 as gifts.

      Meanwhile, this Air will be as snappy as any MacBook Pro and an order of magnitude more capable graphically than a netbook. They're not even in the same solar system in terms of performance and capability. Spend less time on the dimensions and more time on the capabilities. if they started building 12" PC laptops with Nvidia 320m GPUs and i3's or Core 2 Duos, they won't call those netbooks either. They'll call them "Ultraportable" laptops...as they always have.

      /perspective
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by adrian1480 View Post
      NO.

      The Air has been around for years. it wasn't a netbook then, it's not a netbook now. The objection to the netbook concept is not the physical size; it's the weak components inside of it. They were designed to be cheap, and the components and terrible screens were selected to intentionally make them inferior so as not to steal too many sales from the laptop market. As such, they are very limited in capability. Try getting an Atom and integrated graphics to run Adobe Premiere. Try getting that system to work on a 500mb Photoshop PSD file. Try getting an Atom + Integrated GPU to run 1080p YoutubeHD. Terrible experiences, all of them. hell, most netbooks struggle to a few simple things at the same time. I know: I've had to repair them and have bought 2 as gifts.

      Meanwhile, this Air will be as snappy as any MacBook Pro and an order of magnitude more capable graphically than a netbook. They're not even in the same solar system in terms of performance and capability. Spend less time on the dimensions and more time on the capabilities. if they started building 12" PC laptops with Nvidia 320m GPUs and i3's or Core 2 Duos, they won't call those netbooks either. They'll call them "Ultraportable" laptops...as they always have.

      /perspective
      yeah its a notebook sorry.

      But I have a Acer Revo 3600 witch is a netbook (no screen).

      CPU 1600mhz 1 core 2 threads
      GPU gforce 9400 shared memory
      2gbs of 800mhz ram
      OS Windows 7 (I installed that, It came with Vista crap OS)

      It plays 1080p YouTube, mkv hight bitrate in fact everything I have flung at it plays flawless.

      But this is due to hardware acceleration built into XBMC, that I use for media (its a media netbook lol)
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Holiday seller? Jesus. I must have been a deprived child since I never was given $1000 laptops for Christmas.
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by boxxa View Post
      Holiday seller? Jesus. I must have been a deprived child since I never was given $1000 laptops for Christmas.
      yup when I was younger (a lot younder ) all I got between me and my two siblings was at most 200 between us on a good year lol
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      This is the product Apple put out for all the people complaining about the iPad not having a "full OS" on it. Programs that benefit from a full OS need a full keyboard, more than 256MB RAM, and more than a single core 1Ghz processor to be functional... so enter the 11" Macbook Air to fill this void.
      And fill the void it does.

      Quote Originally Posted by boxxa View Post
      Holiday seller? Jesus. I must have been a deprived child since I never was given $1000 laptops for Christmas.
      Who said these were going on kid's christmas lists? Adults buy their loved ones (wives, husbands, etc.) things like cars all the time. A computer is far cheaper than that. Hell, an adult would get far more use out of this thing than a snot-nosed teen any day!

      That said, when I was a kid, I never had a cell phone either. Now ten years olds (and often younger kids) have cell phones and even smart phones. Times are changing my friend!