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02-11-2011, 10:10 AM #1
Apple Doubles Orders for MacBooks
At a time when notebook sales are flat or declining, Apple is increasing orders for new MacBooks from its suppliers... in some cases doubling production to keep up with demand. That's the word from suppliers in East Asia, as reported by the Taiwan publication DigiTimes. The news comes as CNET reports that the new MacBook Air is expected to get a refresh in June with a speed bump courtesy of new Sandy Bridge processors from Intel.
Along with the ongoing economic slowdown and increased demand for smartphones and tablets, computer makers worldwide have seen slumping demand for notebooks. DigiTimes reports that apart from Apple, only Samsung has increased orders to the notebook upstream supply chain, possibly for its new MacBook Air-like 9 Series superlight laptop. Apple credited the Air for much of its record 4.13 million Mac sales increase in the first fiscal quarter of 2011 (which, for whatever obscure financial reason, ended on December 25, 2010), while all other manufacturers saw sales decrease. Acer, for example, reported its lowest notebook shipment numbers in six quarters in the fourth quarter of 2010.
The DigiTimes report did not specify which models are getting the increase. Speculation centers around the MacBook Pro, however, which is expected to be radically redesigned for 2011 with a solid state drive like the MacBook Air's, and a next-generation Core processor based on Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture. Also in the pipeline is a 2011 update to the MacBook Air: CNET quotes "a source familiar with Apple's plans" as saying that this year's model will also get a Sandy Bridge CPU. That would be a welcome upgrade, as currently-shipping models come with CPUs in the same Core 2 Duo family that MacBook Airs originally shipped with in early 2008.
02-11-2011, 10:20 AM #2
I don't know how much faster my MBA could be. The SSD makes it screaming fast for what I use it for which is mainly web, email, MS Office, jailbreaking.
02-11-2011, 11:01 AM #3
02-11-2011, 11:49 AM #4
I would welcome a SSD in my MacBook Pro, that would be sweet!
02-11-2011, 12:18 PM #5
It'll be nice to have Sandy Bridge in the MBP, but even nicer to have Ivy Bridge, but we'll have to wait at least another year for that
If Apple keeps the same pricing that they have now for all the new MBP's and makes the SSD standard I'll be ok with it! However if it raises the price up a great deal I'll be mad...I'll still buy, but I won't be happy about it
02-11-2011, 12:47 PM #6
For the amount a 17 inch MPB costs, it should come standard with an SSD. There's no excuse for a computer that price to have crappy HDD in them, it's supposedly a 'premium' product. The next MacBooks really need better graphics parts because they are abysmal right now, and Apple really needs to step out of the way and let someone who has a clue write the graphics drivers for them.HK-Z™ on Game Center
02-11-2011, 01:01 PM #7
I was hoping for a macbook/tablet hybrid. You know, fun touch screen and iOS apps by day, Xcode and Adobe CS5 by night.
02-11-2011, 01:56 PM #8
I looked at the specs for the current MBP's and they offer 3 SSD's now- 128, 256 and 512GB. I suppose the newer proc and better graphics would be even better.
02-11-2011, 05:46 PM #9
I just don't get it. Why would anyone pay that price for a Logo and OS. Why not save a grand or more & run a virtual machine? There are plenty of laptops with way better specs for a lot less money.If I can't mod it...I don't want it.
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02-11-2011, 07:47 PM #10
Thats true, but macs are known to last
02-11-2011, 09:28 PM #11
Last to any windows pc
I bought a windows laptop about 3 years ago for 1000+$ , a week after the year warranty ended the battery died, month after the hard drive crashed.
So I went out and bought a MacBook, have never had a problem with it to this date.
02-11-2011, 09:56 PM #12
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02-11-2011, 10:26 PM #13
02-11-2011, 10:29 PM #14HK-Z™ on Game Center
02-11-2011, 10:36 PM #15
02-11-2011, 10:36 PM #16
^This. And don't call me a fanboy, cause I'm not. If samsung or sony or windows became better than apple, I would switch.
02-12-2011, 02:40 AM #17
02-12-2011, 05:28 AM #18
That seems weird ... Apple better think to lower down the Macbooks Cost to increase the demand rather than production.
02-12-2011, 06:14 AM #19
I work on campus doing IT and about 80% of the calls we get are to fix comps running Windows. And we have a pretty good split between Mac and PC being used. I've been using Mac for a long time, but seeing all the issues ppl have with PC reaffirms my choice.
That's not to say I don't like Windows, I use it every so often, but ppl wonder why we pay the money that we do for a Mac...for me that's one reason, but there are many more!
02-12-2011, 06:55 AM #20
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