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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....
10-06-2010, 05:15 PM #1
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
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10-06-2010, 05:19 PM #2
I'd rather the next Gen iPad is released before Xmas...can't wait to get one especially as it'll hopefully and decidedly blow all wannabes out of existence!!
10-06-2010, 05:23 PM #3
They don't have any events planned.. I wonder how they'd introduce a whole new product?
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10-06-2010, 05:25 PM #4
They seem to refresh their computers quietly though. So no event needed.
10-06-2010, 05:26 PM #5
Yay. More rumors. MacBook air = over priced netbook. My wife has one. It's no bueno.
10-06-2010, 05:27 PM #6
Is this site just rumor after rumor. Jesus christ
10-06-2010, 05:31 PM #7
10-06-2010, 05:50 PM #8
Alright I'll give you that.
10-06-2010, 05:56 PM #9
Finally, a rumor mill post that uses vast amounts of knowledge...
I'd buy it, plus, Apple hasn't "reinvented" or "changed everything" in the world of netbooks yet, so I can see it happening.
10-06-2010, 06:06 PM #10
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10-06-2010, 06:18 PM #12
A MacBook Air THAT small? Well if it's small enough it could be a better solution than an iPad. Although, you'd have to reconsidered things like touch screen, price point, etc....
10-06-2010, 06:19 PM #13
I'd actually be interested in this because I miss the screen size of my old iBook 12". I love my MBP 13" but if this had a decent hard drive size, "I jump in it."
10-06-2010, 06:36 PM #14
Will actually consider buying this instead of an iPad. Really Depends on how much this will be I guess?
10-06-2010, 06:39 PM #15
I think I would buy this one
10-06-2010, 07:30 PM #16
What would be cool is a smaller MacBook Air with a touch screen, that can act like an iPad. But then, it might hurt some iPad sales, and Apple wouldn't let that happen.
10-06-2010, 08:03 PM #17
No thanks if it's still more expensive than a MacBook Pro. Right now you pay more for less in a smaller space. If I'm getting less, I want to pay less.Does this rag smell like chloroform to you?
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10-06-2010, 11:18 PM #18
I would really want an air but I need the DVD driveYou don't like the iPad because you don't have one!
10-07-2010, 09:21 AM #19
Anything that Apple releases I will definitely buy! What can I say? I bleed apple. lol!
10-07-2010, 10:09 AM #20
I want it for my motorcycle tank bag. My Alienware M11x is 11.6" but *barely* fits (it ruined one bag already) due to having a large empty bezel area around the screen. Apple wouldn't do that. I just hope it still has discrete graphics. I already have USB ODDs out he wazoo, including a BD burner, so I don't really care about the lack of optical disc drive. It just gives me more flexibility when packing!
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