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MacBook Air stock selling out almost daily?

updated 11:50 pm EST, Sun March 2, 2008

MacBook Air Selling Fast

Regardless of the recent added pressure from the ThinkPad X300, Apple's MacBook Air is in such high demand that the company is having trouble maintaining the device in stock, according to checks by Ars Technica as well as daily updates from the Mac producer's retail availability page. Both major outlets as well as many smaller, regional shops claim to be selling entire shipments despite receiving new units each day; Apple itself continues to list extended shipping delays for direct orders and ranks the Air as its strongest-selling computer more than a month after early shipments began.

Some Apple stores continue to list stock, particularly in smaller urban areas, but third-party retailers are said to be encountering the effects of Apple's first-party demand. Amazon's MacBook Air listings list the most common $1,799 configuration as out of stock for the next two weeks, while brick-and-mortar retailers such as Best Buy are reportedly carrying relatively low stock as a result of Apple's need to fulfill its own orders, which are typically considered a higher priority than the reseller channel.

Apple has not commented on the MacBook Air's sales rate, making it difficult to determine whether the shortages are the result of a parts shortage or sincere interest in the system, which is competitive in the ultraportable class but is priced well above similarly-sized notebooks from the company. Recent analyst reports have suggested that sales were lower than for the original MacBook but strong enough to reach similar demand levels with some retailers.




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  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not Surprised

    Under different circumstances, I would love to have this computer. I have a 17" Macbook Pro (which is better suited to my needs), but there are times that I get tired of it and want something smaller. The black keyboard is very nice and good to type on, and the display is very crisp.

    I am curious if it gets as hot as the the other Macbook Pros, however.

  1. maae

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Heat

    Well, my MBA does not get any where near as hot as my old MBP did. It simply feels like a much better enginered enclosure than the MBP did - heat dissapation included.

    Oh, and the display is noticably brighter than the current generation of iMacs - quite nice!

  1. jHal08

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Waiting for mine to ship

    This might explain the delay with mine from Apple Edu. I ordered it Jan 21 and it got bumped once. The most recent status check shows it will ship on March 6th. Has anyone else been waiting so long for theirs to arrive?

  1. rubaiyat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Woz isn't in the queue

    In an interview with the SMH in Sydney today he thought too many sacrifices had been made to make it useful.

    He also couldn't understand the excuse of battery life for not using 3G on the iPhone.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Wow.

    If the cost is in line with current drives, this will keep rotating media alive for a bit longer. Flash is on the way, but a 5X boost in capacity is a HUGE step.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    funny

    This first line is really funny: "Regardless of the recent added pressure from the ThinkPad X300". Got a really good chuckle out of it.

  1. CadetStimpy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    MBA Temps

    I've recently switched from a MBP to a new MBA - I can tell you that it runs MUCH cooler. Stays comfortably cool on the palm rests and just barely gets warm on the bottom. Very nice for a laptop.

  1. shmoolie

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Which Is It?

    "Apple itself continues to list extended shipping delays for direct orders and ranks the Air as its strongest-selling computer more than a month after early shipments began."

    "Apple has not commented on the MacBook Air's sales rate, making it difficult to determine whether the shortages are the result of a parts shortage or sincere interest in the system"

  1. shmoolie

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    BTW...

    Has anyone else noticed how slow this site has become recently? The new ads are killing the site load times.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: btw

    ad-blocker, ad-blocker, ad-blocker....

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