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Holiday MacBook Air sales up to 1.2 million, report claims

updated 01:50 pm EST, Mon January 9, 2012

ASUS, other notebook makers suffer HDD shortages

Apple shipped about 1.2 million MacBook Airs during the December quarter, claims Digitimes. The company is said to have been the only vendor to maintain notebook shipments between the third and fourth quarters, and Air shipments in fact increased. Other companies like ASUS and Lenovo reportedly suffered as a result of flooding in Thailand, which shut down many hard drive manufacturers in addition to taking a human toll.

ASUS shipments are said to have taken the hardest hit, dropping 12.4 percent from quarter to quarter. By comparison, the average decline for other vendors was just 5 to 7 percent.

Apple will reveal December-quarter notebook shipments on January 24th as part of a quarterly results call. The company doesn't typically break out individual Mac models, though, instead preferring to identify desktop versus notebook sales.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The human toll was bad. But it's effect on hard drive supplies is far more troubling...

    And was the MBA the only mac notebook that kept sales up, or was it all the models. It's unclear (well, so is how digitimes estimates mba shipments to begin with).

    And, wait for it, we are just talking about shipments! Maybe Apple's just stuffing the channel!

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    why should we pay

    any attention to what Digitimes says on this? I will say that I was in Chicago when the new MacBook air shipped -- oops for Mr. Testudo make that *went on sale* -- and that WAS last quarter at the end of October. Most models of the air were sold out at the Lincoln Park store, a VERY large Apple store.

    It's a a beautiful little computer, I would not be a bit surprised if they sold closer to 2 million of them for the quarter.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    1.2 Million units

    Shipped. Not sold.

    Just saying what the folk here normally say...

    Annoying, isn't it?

  1. ethical_paul

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple doesn't stuff

    Testudo, haven't you figured it out by now? Apple doesn't need to stuff the market--people buy them

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