Apple will start its production of next generation MacBook Air notebooks this month with its Asian manufacturers, a report confirms.
The report from Taiwan Economic Daily says that the revamped MacBook Air notebooks will begin selling in late June. It further states that it has an initial shipment of 380,000 units.
However, Apple cannot say the exact sell date.
AppleInsider first divulged that Apple had placed orders for 380,000 Sandy Bridge-based MacBook Airs this month. Economic Daily says when the shipments of the new MacBook Airs are combined with shipments of the existing model, 460,000 units are expected to be produced this month.
It is also held that Apple plans to end the production of the current MacBook Air model this month with a final run of 80,000 units.
“The new MacBook Airs set to go into production this month will move to to Intel's 32-nanometer Sandy Bridge architecture, with the chipmakers' latest ultra-low-voltage Core i5 and Core i7 chips. With the upgrade to Sandy Bridge, which sport between 3MB and 4MB of Smart Cache and support a theoretical maximum of 8GB of internal system memory, the mid-2011 MacBook Airs will jettison two-year-old Penryn-based 45-nm Core 2 Duo chips found in the current offering.”
“It uses a solid state hard drive which doesn’t spin like a typical disk drive, allowing the notebooks to be made much slimmer than a typical laptop, and also an order of magnitude faster,” describes iphoneipadipod.com.
In a note from Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the analyst said that 55 percent of these new models will be 11.6-inch versions and the rest will be 13.3-inch models.
In March, Kuo told AppleInsider that Apple shipped about 1.1 million of the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Air laptops in the last three months of 2010, making it Apple's most successful Mac product launch.
Meanwhile, a Japanese blog revealed in May that Apple was testing MacBook Airs with an A5 chip inside.
Reports say that Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, noted that MacBook Air is one of the reasons why Apple was successful in the market, making the company ahead of its struggling rivals.
“Even though the technology inside current MacBook Airs is compared to its MacBook Pro breathren, the premium-priced notebooks have been a boon for Apple,” claims pcmag.com.
The MacBook Air was launched last 2001 and is the lightweight brother of MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook.