MacBook Air Update Imminent as Supplies Dry Up

Submitted by lalit on October 6, 2010 - 1:04pm.

AppleInsider is reporting that MacBook Air supplies have dried up throughout indirect sales channels. Their check showed that out of four Apple authorized resellers they track only one had 1.83GHz MacBook Air in stock and just two had 2.13GHz model in stock. AppleInsider posted:

This marks the first time that AppleInsider has witnessed this abnormal trend in regards to the Air since it began tracking availability of Apple's Mac line on a daily basis over two years ago. Still, the drought didn't manifest over night. For weeks now, the websites of certain resellers have indicated that inventory of the low-end MacBook Air was on the verge of depletion, urging shoppers to "order soon," as only a handful of units remained in stock.
What's more, people familiar with the buy side of operations for big box retailers like Best Buy and Amazon.com say that Apple has indicted to them that it will not replenish supply of the notebooks until Oct. 12 through Oct. 16 at the earliest. Such expansive delays on low volume products like the MacBook Air are common only when Mac maker is preparing to overhaul the product line, these people say.

It has been rumored that Apple will be updating the MacBook Air line soon and will introduce a new 11.6-inch MacBook Air that will be slimmer and lighter than current models. The new laptop will run of Intel’s new ultra-low voltage Core i-series processor and will weigh less than 2.7 pounds. There is no information about whether Apple will discontinue the 13-inch model or update it also, along with introduction of new 11.6-inch MacBook Air.

There are also rumors that Apple is planning to update the iLife application suite this month. It is very likely that both the iLife 11 and MacBook Air 11 will be announced in coming few weeks. Apple has traditional announced Mac hardware updates in mid-October for coming holiday season.