Report: Apple MacBook shipments stronger than expected; 15-inch MacBook (not Pro) model planned?

“Sales of Apple Computer’s Intel Core Duo-based MacBook laptops have been stronger than expected, boosting monthly shipments of 13.3-inch MacBooks from Taiwan-based Asustek Computer to about 120,000 units in June, up from about 100,000 units when the company started shipping the new computers in April, according to sources at Taiwan-based notebook makers,” Celia Lin and Steve Shen report for DigiTimes.

“Shipments will continue to increase in the second half as Apple’s competitive pricing for MacBooks will continue to stimulate demand. For all of 2006, Apple may deliver two million iBook and MacBook laptops in addition to one million MacBook Pro notebooks, the sources estimated. If realized, Apple’s notebook sales in 2006 would represent a 39% increase from the 2.16 million units shipped in 2005 as estimated by IDC (International Data Corporation), the sources indicated,” Lin and Shen report.

Lin and Shen report, “Other sources indicated that Asustek’s shipments of MacBooks already reached 300,000 units in June, up from 200,000 in May and 100,000 in April, according to a July 3 Chinese-language Commercial Times report… Sources contacted by Lin also noted that Apple may expand its MacBook family by introducing a 15.4-inch widescreen lineup.”

Full article here.

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27 Comments

  1. When the new ‘Mac Pros’ come out this year and the iMacs have been updated, the combined sales of Apple computers will reach new heights and the analysts wont just be influenced by sales of iPods.

  2. Apple seems to have replicated the problem it had with product line differentiation with the G4. The iBook and the Powerbook had very similar specs by the end. Now with Intel, the only difference is screen size and integrated graphics. A 15″ MB would knock out one of those pegs.

    Is there anything they can do to the MBP line to beef it up? I see them switching the MBP line to new chips so that speed, and graphics are its selling points.

  3. Well, okay if the MacBook Pro processors are upped to the 64-bit Core2 Duo (whatever it’s called) when they’re available and the MacBook stays with the current CoreDuo processor. This kind of move would really differentiate between consumer and Pro laptops.

    Yeah, 15″ with the integrated graphics card. Brilliant.

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