Apple reportedly ready to produce 380k MacBook Airs with Sandy Bridge
According to Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is gearing up to assemble around 380,000 third generation MacBook Air laptops sometime late this month. Of the 380k units, about 55 percent will be the 11.6-inch model, while the rest will be the larger 13.3-inch variant.
Meanwhile, Apple has reportedly begun to wind down production of its current generation of MacBook Air. Kuo is expecting to see only 80,000 units produced for June.
One of the drawbacks of the current MacBook Air is its older Core 2 Duo chipset, but the upcoming new generation is expected to ship with the more updated Intel 32nm Sandy Bridge architecture. More recent rumors are pointing towards the new ULV Core i5-2557M, Core i7-2637M and Core i7-2677M CPUs as possible MacBook Air candidates. If Apple doesn’t update the Air soon, however, the lineup would continue to be greatly outclassed hardware-wise by other competing ultraportables, specifically by Samsung’s 9 Series and the recently revealed Dell XPS 15z.
Apple has yet to officially reveal the 2011 revamp of the MacBook Air lineup, but the announcement shouldn’t be too far off, especially if the new models are already under production.