Apple to sell 420,000 11.6in MacBook Airs this quarter
Analyst weighs up the new portable
Apple's 11.6in MacBook Air will be the most popular model of the company's new skinny laptop line-up, which, in toto, will amount to 17 per cent of Apple's Mac sales in the current quarter.
So says one Mingchi Kuo, head of investment house Concord Securities research team, according to a report from Chinese-language paper Commercial Times by way of DigiTimes.
Kuo reckons Apple will sell 4.1m Macs this quarter - it sold 3.9m in the last one, the fourth quarter of its 2010 financial year.
So that's just under 700,000 MacBook Airs sold between now and the end of the year. Kuo believes 60 per cent of them will be 11.6in models - just under 420,000 - which sets up an interesting dynamic with iPad sales.
Ownership of an 11.6in MacBook Air and an iPad aren't mutually exclusive, but arguably one of the two is suffcient as a second computer for comms duties and media consumption.
This is the first time Apple has had two such closely competing offerins, and it will interesting to see how the numbers play out through Q4. Will the two products canibalise each others' sales, or will Apple - as presumably it hopes - neatly command both segments of the market by covering all the bases? ®
RE: How can iPhans afford all these goodies in a single year?
While some people can afford to buy everything apple release most people will have bought one device or the other based on what they needed. Also, what do you mean by vapourware Lion? It's only just been announced, maybe you should look up the definition of vapourware.
and your point is?
Most people in the world AREN'T in the US...
Of course it will...
...by all those highly-paid analysts (guessers, to you & me) who will use it to predict the total collapse of Apple, Western Democracy and the arrival of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
This will of course, be accompanied by cackles of glee from those whose sole raison d'etre appears to be to heap invective upon Apple & Mac users - that is, when they're not cleaning the flecks of spittle from their screens, or mopping up the dribble from their keyboards...
Most people could just drive a Ford Mondeo as well. The speed limit is 70MPH and it will easily do that, it has room for five people just like a BMW or Audio yet people buy those?
Some people actually like things to look nice and be satisfied with their purchase.