Where’d all the MacBook Airs go?  Supply dries up amidst rumors of new 11.6-inch model

Apple Online Store“Supplies of Apple’s MacBook Air have dried up throughout the company’s indirect sales channels, fueling rumors that a significant makeover to the lightweight notebooks is fast approaching,” Neil Hughes and Kasper Jade report for AppleInsider. “This marks the first time that AppleInsider has witnessed this abnormal trend in regards to the Air since it began tracking availability of Apple’s Mac line on a daily basis over two years ago.”

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“What’s more, people familiar with the buy side of operations for big box retailers like Best Buy and Amazon.com say that Apple has indicted to them that it will not replenish supply of the notebooks until Oct. 12 through Oct. 16 at the earliest,” Hughes and Jade report. “Such expansive delays on low volume products like the MacBook Air are common only when Mac maker is preparing to overhaul the product line, these people say.”

Hughes and Jade report, “All these signs seem to support persistent rumors out of the Far East that Apple is gearing up to overhaul the MacBook Air line with a newly designed 11.6-inch display this fall… It’s reported that Apple plans to ship around a half-million units before the end of the 2010 calendar year. The current MacBook Air sports a larger 13.3-inch display.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We hear nothing! We see nothing! We know nothing! (But, when you see what Apple’s done, a little birdie tells us that you’re going to swoon.)

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

64 Comments

  1. … got there first. The MBA is a high-priced piece of gear running – sort of – OSX and full-sized – and full cost – Mac apps. The iPad is a bit smaller than the predicted MBA and a lot lighter, though it is limited to the iOS pint-sized (and low-cost) apps. The Ultra-light market is in a tight squeeze between the low-cost laptops and the Tablets. The NetBooks have been all but squeezed out, already.

  2. … got there first. The MBA is a high-priced piece of gear running – sort of – OSX and full-sized – and full cost – Mac apps. The iPad is a bit smaller than the predicted MBA and a lot lighter, though it is limited to the iOS pint-sized (and low-cost) apps. The Ultra-light market is in a tight squeeze between the low-cost laptops and the Tablets. The NetBooks have been all but squeezed out, already.

  3. … got there first. The MBA is a high-priced piece of gear running – sort of – OSX and full-sized – and full cost – Mac apps. The iPad is a bit smaller than the predicted MBA and a lot lighter, though it is limited to the iOS pint-sized (and low-cost) apps. The Ultra-light market is in a tight squeeze between the low-cost laptops and the Tablets. The NetBooks have been all but squeezed out, already.

  4. … got there first. The MBA is a high-priced piece of gear running – sort of – OSX and full-sized – and full cost – Mac apps. The iPad is a bit smaller than the predicted MBA and a lot lighter, though it is limited to the iOS pint-sized (and low-cost) apps. The Ultra-light market is in a tight squeeze between the low-cost laptops and the Tablets. The NetBooks have been all but squeezed out, already.

  5. … got there first. The MBA is a high-priced piece of gear running – sort of – OSX and full-sized – and full cost – Mac apps. The iPad is a bit smaller than the predicted MBA and a lot lighter, though it is limited to the iOS pint-sized (and low-cost) apps. The Ultra-light market is in a tight squeeze between the low-cost laptops and the Tablets. The NetBooks have been all but squeezed out, already.

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