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Half of Apple's MacBook Air lineup now sold out at Amazon ahead of WWDC

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MacBook Air models, including Apple's popular 11.6-inch, sub-$1,000 offering, continue to go out of stock at Amazon ahead of an anticipated product refresh that's expected to add Intel's latest-generation Haswell processors.

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As of Thursday morning, our Apple Price Guide shows Amazon is completely sold out of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air with 64 gigabytes of storage and a 1.7-gigahertz Intel Core i5 processor a handful of used and refurbished units remain in stock.



Notably, the listing for the entry-level 11.6-inch model is consistent with a discontinued item on Amazon, with no indication that stock will be replenished. In contrast, the online retailer typically portrays a simple stockout with availability advertised for "1-2 months."

The 128-gigabyte version of the 11.6-inch model remains in stock for now, as does the entry-level 13-inch model. But beyond that, all MacBook Air configurations are completely out of stock at Amazon.

Similar constraints of MacBook Air inventory can be seen at other resellers, including MacMall, MacConnection, Best Buy, and J&R. All of those stores currently show stockouts of a huge swath of MacBook Air configurations.

Best Buy has also begun to run out of in-store MacBook Air inventory. For example, as of Thursday the entry-level 11.6-inch model was unavailable for pickup at about half of the retailer's New York City stores, while even fewer locations in the suburbs had available inventory.

As of yet, there is no sign of those same constraints at Apple's own retail stores. On Thursday morning, stores around the country showed both 11.6- and 13-inch MacBook Air models remain in stock and available for in-store pickup.

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Last week, the first major signs of reduced MacBook Air inventory were spotted, beginning with the 13-inch model. Apple typically draws down inventory of current models at its resellers ahead of a product refresh.

It's expected that Apple will introduce new MacBook Air models next month at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The refreshed thin-and-light notebooks are expected to feature Intel's latest-generation Haswell processors, which offer greater performance along with reduced power consumption.

Intel's Haswell chips will launch the first week of June. Likely CPU candidates for the new MacBook Airs will include Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics that promise a 50 percent improvement in performance over their predecessors.

Readers can find the best deals on still-available MacBook models in the AppleInsider Mac Price Guide, included below. In particular, B&H is exclusively offering AppleInsider readers an exclusive $200 discount on a handful of remaining BTO MacBook Air models, which brings the 1.8-gigahertz 11.6-inch down to $1,199, and the 2.0-gigahertz 11.6-inch model to $1,549. Savings increase when purchasing news Macs with 3 Years of AppleCare extended warranty (see our New Macs + AppleCare price guide)
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Haswell that ends well, I guess. Can't wait to see what Apple does with the new line. Bet they'll tout the power of the integrated graphics. Hope they don't think they're TOO good and drop dedicated on the 15".

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I may buy a Retina MBA.

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I may buy a Retina MBA.

Waiting for it. Retina MBA. +1

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My main machine is a 2012 MBA, I have absolutely no complaints about it, best computer I've ever owned- yet I'm incredibly excited to see the next potential iteration.
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Will they introduce the new rMBP at WWDC?

I have the 15' rMBP. Not sure if I should sell it now if I wanna buy the next iteration.

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I wonder if we'll see the same vitriol from people that such a high resolution and pixel density on a notebook is pointless now that Win PC vendors are starting to catch up with Apple?

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All this talk about limited availability of MBA's but not for MBP's. What Apple is only going to refresh the MBA with Haswell? I hope not because I've been putting off purchasing a new MBP for the last month or so because of the expected Mac-wide system upgrades to be announced at the WWDC.
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I may buy a Retina MBA.

Why not just get a Retina MacBook Pro after the Intel 5000 update?

 

I had the last 2 iterations of the 13" MacBook Air (The 2011 and 2012).  Ever since going to the 15" rMBP- I've never missed it- at all.  Once the 13" rMBP gets up to snuff with the new 5000, why not just get that?  I just don't see the MBA having Retina for quite a while, because that's the biggest reason why to get the rMBP.  Of course, my wife used the MacBook for Photography editing- which the Air is terrible at.  If they ever did get a screen that didn't have such color variance, then that would be a very enticing offer (because we simply don't need a beefy processor).


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Aren't those called Retina MacBook Pros?

Not at all. The Retina MBPs aren't replacing the MBAs. The MBA line is much lighter, thinner, and offers less in terms of performance and features over the MBP line.

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I wonder if we'll see the same vitriol from people that such a high resolution and pixel density on a notebook is pointless now that Win PC vendors are starting to catch up with Apple?

 

You're late. We already have a big contingent of Google evangelists harping about how awesome the Chromebook Pixel is because of the display, an ultra expensive laptop with 32GB of internal storage that basically runs a web browser, and nothing else. No doubt these same people lol'ed at the price of the Retina MBP with it's "useless" high resolution display, but are now loving it on a "cloud" machine that can't even run any real applications. I'm sure they'd have the same high praise if Apple released a pricey laptop that can only run safari. Don't expect any type of consistency, logic, or honesty from Apple haters. They have a long, long history of mocking any innovations when it's introduced by Apple, but then enthusiastically embracing it when adopted by their company of choice. 

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Have you seen anything that would lead you to believe that is going to happen in June? Everything I have read has said not to expect a Retina MBA just a Haswell update. It would be great if both happened in June.

I don't think it can happen until Haswell as that microarchitecture is key to making it possible in the MBA with a reasonable battery life. Then you have the possibility of IGZO. I don't know how tough this would be for a larger display over an iDevice but the lower yield over iDevices could make this a reasonable way for Apple to start if former isn't a difficulty and/or cost consideration.

I think Apple wants to Retinafy their entire line as soon as possible so I think the next MBA release will be Retina if they can line up all the other aspects that would allow for at least the same battery life and cost as in the current MBAs.

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post #13 of 24
More troubling proof that supply chain darling Tim Cook is failing and should be shown the door. /s

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I think we in the Mac community know damn well that a retina display MBA is the holy grail of computers. As well as a retina display iPad mini. 

Apple knows this and Wall Street knows this. All hell is going to break loose  soon enough and I can't wait!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by Chandra69 View Post

Waiting for it. Retina MBA. +1

me too!

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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

I may buy a Retina MBA.

Gee you know I wish this would happen but I'm reluctant to believe it is possible yet. Frankly I'd like to see Haswell with a tripling of flash storage in these models. That might be enough for me to look at the AIRs.
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I may buy a Retina MBA.

While I love my 2011 MBA, I'd consider an upgrade if the RAM upgrade and CPU on a top of the line model is substantial.

Retina would be the icing on the cake, but not a deal breaker.
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The AIRs have been selling really well. The rMBP aren't selling as well. They may get refreshed but we may also see some heavy discounting of existing stock after WWDC to move old inventory. It is pretty obvious, with at least the 13", that nobody was taking the bait at the price point originally offered thus the attempt a couple of months ago to address pricing and configuration.

I actually think the retina gamble hasn't paid off the way Apple was hoping it would.
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All this talk about limited availability of MBA's but not for MBP's. What Apple is only going to refresh the MBA with Haswell? I hope not because I've been putting off purchasing a new MBP for the last month or so because of the expected Mac-wide system upgrades to be announced at the WWDC.
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While I love my 2011 MBA, I'd consider an upgrade if the RAM upgrade and CPU on a top of the line model is substantial.

Retina would be the icing on the cake, but not a deal breaker.

 

As an owner of the 2011, then 2012 model, I can tell you that I noticed a significant performance boost. Probably due to the newer SSD which was supposedly 2X faster. 

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I wonder if we'll see the same vitriol from people that such a high resolution and pixel density on a notebook is pointless now that Win PC vendors are starting to catch up with Apple?

 

Uh, what vitriol was that? The only complaint I ever heard from my PC-addicted friends and business associates was "it's too expensive," which to me was a fair complaint because the initial release was damn expensive much like the original iPhone. I think the majority of the industry on both sides of the Apple/PC fence were happy to see the shift towards higher resolution screens because it's caused a similar shift from HP, Sony, and Toshiba. 1080p is rapidly becoming the entry level resolution, after being stuck at 1384x786 for far too long.

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The AIRs have been selling really well. The rMBP aren't selling as well. They may get refreshed but we may also see some heavy discounting of existing stock after WWDC to move old inventory. It is pretty obvious, with at least the 13", that nobody was taking the bait at the price point originally offered thus the attempt a couple of months ago to address pricing and configuration.

I actually think the retina gamble hasn't paid off the way Apple was hoping it would.

 

Price kept me from initially taking the bait on the 13" rMPB, and the promise of improved graphics performance from Haswell kept my wallet in check even after the price drops. As long as the price stays the same after the refresh, I'll be picking one up when the 2013's drop. Not because of the screen though, because of the weight and form factor. The MBA is nice, but that shallow keyboard kills my fingers.

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I can't help wondering if they are out because Apple refused to ship more to the channel because of a release. Or out because the channel believes the rumors and hasn't ordered any.

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I can't help wondering if they are out because Apple refused to ship more to the channel because of a release. Or out because the channel believes the rumors and hasn't ordered any.

Apple does sometimes cut things close (or the retailer does. it's hard to tell who's at fault here) - presumably because if retailers have a bunch of model x on their shelf when model x + 1 is released, the get upset. However, that has to be balanced by the fact that not having any computers in stock for a time period costs Apple (and the retailer) business. The best example of that is dropping the old iMac before releasing the new one last fall.

ISTM that there are better ways to handle that. Apple could, for example, offer the retailers a slight discount for the computers on their shelf as of the date that model x + 1 is released. It wouldn't have to be much - history shows the even when a new model is released, the price of the previous model doesn't drop much. Or, perhaps Apple could authorize a $100 iTunes gift card to be given away with every previous model sold as of the date of a new model release.

Shortages don't help anyone.
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Haswell that ends well, I guess. Can't wait to see what Apple does with the new line. Bet they'll tout the power of the integrated graphics. Hope they don't think they're TOO good and drop dedicated on the 15".

I agree with this completely. I would not buy a rMBP without discrete graphics, instead I'd save up for a Razer Blade.
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