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. 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.

  2. @ 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;” />

  3. 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.

  4. ElderNorm: If people want an ultralight, and the Air isn’t on the shelves, they’ll go somewhere else and buy a different one. It’s not like being late with an SDK, since people have already bought the hardware. That’s why it’s important that Apple address this immediately.

  5. Once again MacDaily News get it’s nose stuck in Apples crack. The reason the sales are “soaring” is because Apple did not order that many to begin with and in fact cut back in orders from the factory. Please do your research before you post garbage propaganda

  6. I’m more inclined to believe…

    …that Apple withholds inventory in order to create BUZZ

    Functionally, the MacBook Air sucks to high heaven and back.

    What? Can’t play a DVD, or burn a cd/dvd?

    Backing up is taking forever over slow USB?

    Glossy screen hurts your eyes?

    Sat on your fragile MBA and now it’s not working?

    Accidentially mailed your MBA in a manila envelope?

  7. the macbook pro is so ahead of the air only airheads would buy one in the first place

    no wonder women are the target demographic

    dumbass chicks

    they should make em in pretty colours with optional tampon holders

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