Apple’s Macbook Air sales soar

“Looking for a MacBook Air? It seems the lightweight ‘road warrior’ laptop has been flying off the shelves at a rate that Apple cannot keep up with,” Andrew Buck reports for Crain’s New York Business.

“According to interviews with New York-area Apple stores, the company’s new Air has been sold out every day since its inaugural flight January 29. Although Apple has increased store orders, it cannot keep up with demand. Apple’s online store at Apple.com is quoting a five to seven business days before the hot product becomes available,” Buck reports.

“New York isn’t the only city that is out of Air. Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston have been having problems keeping up with demand,” Buck reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Citymark” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: We’re not sure if this article is backed by any new research or if it’s simply lifted without atribution from Ken Fisher’s report for Ars Technica yesterday. If we had to bet, we’d go with the latter.

43 Comments

  1. The Apple Store at Chestnut Hills had three MBAs – disk versions – on display but not a single Time Capsule. The way they were being ogled – and eminently ogleable they are – by several young folk. Collage age … “young” is relative. One was commenting that she’d just bought a MacBook. I mentioned that As A Computer, the MacBook is a better choice … while the MBA wins as an Ultra-light. She did not seem consoled.
    Dave

  2. It’s nice to have a product that is in demand, but this is not good news for Apple. They are now on the hot seat to deliver and they must deliver fast! Look at the Wii, over a year later they still cannot meet the demands. This puts Nintendo as a company in a poor light with consumers.

    Its one thing to have a great idea its another thing to meet the demands. One thing good about Apple, they have learned this lesson in the past and they are good at making adjustments. I hope they can do this with the Air.

  3. It was very difficult for Apple to precisely gauge the initial demand for MBA. Judging by these forums, the device was obviously controversial, in that some praised it to high heavens, expecting them to fly off the shelves, while others claimed it will fail, as it is under-featured and under-powered. Apple might have had better expectations than many on these forums, but even they apparently underestimated the demand. I don’t think this will hurt Apple in any meaningful way; an occasional shortage is a good thing to have; it’s not like Apple’s expected delivery time-frame is 6-8 weeks.

  4. @ WMD,
    You said, “It’s nice to have a product that is in demand, but this is not good news for Apple. They are now on the hot seat to deliver and they must deliver fast! Look at the Wii, “

    So, if you have stock on the shelf, demand is low and the company is going broke cause no one is buying.

    If you have no stock cause people are buying so fast, its terrible and the company is going broke due to lost sales.

    Right? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  5. I’d like to think that Apple has a hit in the MB Air, but it is false logic to see shortages and conclude it is due to high sales. For all we know, there were only 1000 produced in the first run.

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