Apple shipped more than 1m MacBook Air notebooks in Q4

7 Mar 2011

Apple sold more than 1.1m of its ultra-slim, ultra-light MacBook Air notebook computers during the fourth quarter of last year, making the device one of the company’s most successful Mac product launches ever.

According to AppleInsider, the new MacBook Air devices accounted for 40pc of Apple’s notebook business in the fourth quarter and more than a quarter of its Mac business as a whole.

It quoted Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the figures are 63pc higher or 400,000 units more than the 700,000 units he had originally estimated.

Robust MacBook sales

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Apple, which doesn’t break down its Mac or device sales by product family for competitive reasons, said it shipped more than 2.9m notebooks in the fourth quarter.

Sales of MacBook Airs remain robust during the current quarter but are tracking down about 40pc from the levels seen in their introductory quarter to just shy of 700,000 units, according to Kuo.

However, he estimates Apple may still set a new Mac sales record during the quarter with strong sales of its new MacBook Pros more than offsetting the decline in MacBook Air units.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years

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