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Tightening MacBook Air Supplies at Resellers Hint at Upcoming Refresh

As noted by AppleInsider, MacBook Air supplies are beginning to dry up as Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference approaches.

Currently, the 13.3-inch 256GB 1.8Ghz MacBook Air is out of stock at Amazon.com, with a listed one to two month waiting period. While the low end 13.3-inch MacBook Air is in stock, the 11.6-inch MacBook Air is in short supply. Amazon lists an inventory of just ten 1.7Ghz 128GB 11.6-inch MacBook Airs and just one lower end 64GB 11.6-inch MacBook Air available through a third party.

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Several other authorized Apple resellers, such as MacConnection, MacMall, and B&H, are also seeing dwindling MacBook Air inventory, with the higher end versions of 13.3-inch MacBook Air being the hardest to find.

Low inventory supplies at third-party Apple retailers are often one of the initial signs of an upcoming product refresh. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will be introducing new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines based on Intel's Haswell processors at WWDC, which takes place next month from June 10 to June 14.

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12 months ago

Bring on rMBA!

Oh wait, its not #2014 :eek:

Order here.

You're welcome.

Uh, notice where he said rMBA and not rMBP?
Rating: 25 Positives
12 months ago

Bring on rMBA!

Order here (http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MD212LL/A?).

You're welcome.
Rating: 21 Positives
12 months ago



Bring on rMBA!

Oh wait, its not #2014 :eek:


It's also not Twitter

;)
Rating: 15 Positives
12 months ago

The standard MacBook Pro hasn't been updated since last WWDC 2012!


And?

Thats a year ago. Thats standard update procedure, anything shorter than a year and you'd be bitching that your new MBP was out of date too soon.
Rating: 11 Positives
12 months ago
How about bringing back the 17 inch MBP? Even better, how about an MBP without the B?

This is a developers conference. I don't know that many professional developers that use a MBA.
Rating: 11 Positives
12 months ago

They could make a upgradable video card slot. That is the most important thing in all machines really...after years, that usually is the thing holding people back.

Storage can always be external. RAM...if you start with the most, then usually its good for 4-5 years. My last home PC was good for almost 8 years with 4 GB of RAM.


Upgradable RAM slots barely add any thickness to laptops yet you'd be surprised by the proportion of users who don't ever upgrade their RAM even though they could easily and cheaply. The average user simply has little interest in upgradability.

Adding a discrete GPU to the 13" rMBP, and making it upgradeable on top of it, would make the machine a lot thicker (thicker than a cMBP), and I bet most people (95%) wouldn't ever upgrade it either. Not only that, but the higher price and thickness caused by this move would render the laptop not popular at all.

On one hand you have people complaining that the 13" rMBP couldn't be considered a 13" rMBA equivalent because it's too thick and heavy, on the other hand, you have people asking for crazy stuff like an upgradable dGPU that would make the laptop a lot bulkier.

Some people will complain either way. I bet Apple could offer all possibilities (13" MBA, 13" rMBA, 13" rMBP with iGPU, 13" rMBP with dGPU) and people would still complain that Apple has lost their vision and they have started adopting the "Throw everything at the wall and see what sticks" approach Windows OEMs use, and therefore are doomed.

They really can't win either way.

I don't know if I just didn't pay attention back then but I've been reading MR since 2008 and it seems a large proportion of comments are very negative now, and reasons people have to complain often contradict each other in a way that Apple can never win.

It's like people are all angry that Apple does not make precisely the ideal computer they would like, even though their preferences are very subjective and no other companies are even close to make laptops that meet those precise criteras.

What about some positivity once in a while, and accepting the fact that no computer will ever satisfy everybody so you just have to pick the one you prefer rather than the "perfect" one?

(this is targeted at every negative comments, usually the ones in top comments, not to Ryth in particular)
Rating: 9 Positives
12 months ago
Bring on rMBA!

Oh wait, its not #2014 :eek:
Rating: 8 Positives
12 months ago

I like freedom.


Then I suggest you look at switching to another hardware provider. Sadly Apple has made it clear that they dont want to give you that freedom.
Rating: 7 Positives
12 months ago

Uh, notice where he said rMBA and not rMBP?


Again, what would be the difference besides the GPU?
Rating: 6 Positives
12 months ago

What would be the difference between the rMBP and a rMBA besides a discrete graphics chip?

If I was managing Apple's notebook like, the standard non retina MBP would stay the same (well maybe lose the optical drive to allow for a larger battery or a second HD) and be rebadged as MacBook. The MBA would stay with the standard display and be Apple's ultra portable consumer computer. The so called Retina MacBook Pro would simply be MacBook Pro.

So
MacBook 13" and MacBook 15"
MacBook Air 11.6" and MacBook Air 13"
MacBook Pro 13" and Macbook Pro 15"

Not everyone wants or can afford a retina product. If I could afford one, I still wouldn't buy it. I like the freedom to upgrade my hard drive with out paying my soul to Apple. I also don't want to have to sell a computer at a loss so I can get one with more RAM.

I like freedom.


Seems like a lot of overlap and I don't think they will keep the 15" non-Retina MBP on sale if they can afford to lower the 15" MBP-R prices to replace it. Why do we need 3 different 13" models?

I would much rather see:

11" & 13" MBA-R
15" & 17" MBP-R

2 consumer models, 2 pro models. That was Steve's original vision for the MB.
Rating: 6 Positives

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