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New Thunderbolt MacBook Air Sees Strong Sales and Stock-Outs

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer | Posted on 02-08-2011

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Sales of Apple’s new Thunderbolt MacBook Air have resulted in some locations running out due to increasingly high demand. This seems to be due, in part, to consumers being quick to embrace the refreshed thin and light notebook.

Recent reports from multiple analysts have indicated that the new MacBook Air has seen a very strong demand in the U.S. Demand has been so high that analysts have reported stock-outages of certain models in different locations.

According to analyst Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities, “Overall, we sense a bit more of a preference for the higher-end 11-inch models but the 13-inch also seems to be popular. Netting this out, the MacBook Air has truly redefined the laptop computing market, in our view, and we expect this momentum to continue.”

Many of Apple’s own resellers do not have the MacBook Air in stock, which is just further evidence of the high demand. These new MacBook Airs, with the second generation Sandy Bridge processors and new high-speed Thunderbolt port, were released last month. Like older models, these new ones start at $999, however, the discontinuation of the white MacBook makes the 11.6-inch MacBook Air the only sub-$1,000 notebook.

White attributed a lot of the MacBook Air’s success to the timing of its release. He also noted that this device will keep Apple in the minds of consumers even without a new iPhone available at the moment. White also believes that Apple will have the best technical back-to-school lineup this season and for the holidays. “In our view, successful Apple launches are key in driving the halo effect that drives incremental demand for other Apple products.”

Even though the new MacBook Air has found immediate success, White expects adoption of the new Thunderbolt connector to take more time. The $49 price tag of the Thunderbolt connector cable combined with the lack of available accessories seem to be barriers to the adoption of the technology at the present time. However, White expects that to change over time.

Source: Apple Insider – Strong sales of Apple’s new Thunderbolt MacBook Airs result in stock-outs

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Thunderbolt Coming to Apple Displays?

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer Accessories | Posted on 17-07-2011

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Thunderbolt displaysApple’s 27-inch LED cinema display could very well be joining a whole host of other Apple products that support the new, and faster, Thunderbolt technology.

A bunch of non-posted images found their way over to MacRumors from Apple.com showing the company’s $999 display. However, these weren’t your mother’s displays as these pics showed a new display number and a new background to match the default Mac OS X Lion background, set to be released next week.

The part number was the exact same one that was believed to previously be that of a newer version of Apple’s entry-level MacBook from a supposed parts list that surfaced early on in the week. It is also worth noting that there are no images of the back of this display. The current one supports three USB 2.0 ports but no mini-Displayport, which has been replaced by Thunderbolt in newer Mac models. However, in the picture located above, it appears that two newer models are plugged into each other.

This could foreshadow Apple allowing users to extend the displays via USB, though a more likely solution is that Apple is adding a Thunderbolt port to the devices. This would be smart if Apple really wants to get people into using Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt, if you don’t already know, allows users to daisy-chain Thunderbolt-equipped devices to one another.

Thunderbolt was birthed from the collaborative efforts of Apple and Intel and is an input/output technology that promises to allow transfer speeds exceeding the ones currently available by USB 3.0. In addition to that, it is also designed to extend that speed across several devices simultaneously.

This technology makes use of existing Displayport and PCI-Express data protocols in order to open up what is possible with a single port. This includes “daisy chaining” as many as seven Thunderbolt-equipped devices while still retaining full speed across all devices.

Source: CNET – Images hint at Thunderbolt-equipped Apple display

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MacBook Airs Equipped with Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge Coming in June?

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer | Posted on 23-04-2011

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MacBook AirIf you are a fan of Apple computers, then it will do you well to know that you can have an ultra-portable MacBook or one that is filled with all the most up-to-date technology. The only problem is that you can’t have both. But if internet rumors are anything to believe, you just may be able to have both pretty soon.

The latest rumors from parts suppliers in Asia indicate that Apple is all set to begin mass production of MacBook Airs equipped with Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge late next month. These new MacBook Airs are also supposed to hit store shelves June.

This news comes from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst from Concord Securities, who also gave his interpretation of the Air production to AppleInsider. Aside from being pretty consistent with the rumor mill, a new refresh of the Air in the summer makes sense. Being extremely lightweight and fairly inexpensive, it is highly regarded by students and June is the time when a lot of people do back-to-school shopping.

Kou did not, unfortunately, give any information on pricing, but it wouldn’t surprise anybody if this new MacBook Air shared a similar price to the current MacBook Air, which starts at $1,000 for the base 11-inch model and runs up to $1,600 for a fully loaded 13-inch version.

Other things, such as storage capacity and graphics, were also not volunteered but many are speculating slight bumps in both categories as SSD drive prices have been dropping. If Apple can manage to squeeze a 128GB SSD drive into the base 11-inch Air with an i5 processor and Thunderbolt, then other ultra-portable laptop creators are going to have some serious competition.

Source: CNET – Thunderbolt, Sandy Bridged MacBook Airs in June?

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