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Up in the Air

May 21, 2013 - Dave Hecei
Picture 1Reports are coming in that current supplies of MacBook Air notebook computers are starting to become constrained. The Air is Apple's lowest priced notebook computer, plus it is also the thinnest and lightest model. Dwindling inventory is usually a good sign that new models are about to be released.

Other indicators that new Airs are close at hand include Apple's upcoming WWDC event - June 10-14. This event will include a keynote address headed by Tim Cook and will likely showcase upcoming software and services from Apple. This event has also been used in the past to showcase new updated hardware. Last year they used it to introduce a MacBook Pro with Retina display. Add to this a new processor line being release by Intel (named Haswell) in just a few weeks.

This morning, reports that Amazon is currently out of stock of the 13-inch 1.8GHz 256GB Air. Amazon lists the 11-inch Air models as extremely low, maybe even less than a dozen. Larger authorized outlets, like MacMall and MacConnection are also seeing dwindling supplies. The worst being the high-end 13-inch model.

An interesting side note, Sharp introduced several new high-resolution notebook screens last week. What really makes this interesting is that they now have an 11.6-inch panel to go with their existing 13.3-inch panel. This means that Apple now has Retina panels that could conceivably be used by both MacBook Air models. What this really means is that there is a good chance  we will see a Retina MacBook Air in a few weeks.

Some time in the near future, Apple will only sell Retina based notebooks. This is all good since it means that high-resolution panels will start to be sold in mass quantities, which should lower prices dramatically. It is conceivable that Apple could keep prices at the current level and still provide high-resolution Retina displays for all. Whether this happens next month at WWDC or in the next couple years is still up in the 'Air'.


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