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.