updated 10:15 am EST, Mon January 28, 2008
MB Air at retail Wed.?
The MacBook Air should finally go on retail sale Wednesday, possibly as soon as Tuesday, reports claim. While the sub-notebook was announced on January 15th by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, it has only so far been available for online pre-order, reflecting Jobs' statement that it would only begin shipping in two weeks. Apple's retail stores are said to be putting up banners and other displays today though, and Genius Bar employees should begin training on Tuesday.
Frustrating to some prospective buyers may be indications that the Air arrived in stock on Friday or Saturday, but has been kept off shelves in order to follow Jobs' marketing plan. Retail stores do, however, often need at least one extra day to prepare for a major launch. Apple has in some cases spent several days readying for new products, most notably the iPhone.