Nov 15 2011
Till May, Apple’s thinnest laptop accounted for a mere eight percent of overall notebook shipments. However, going by recent reports, the MacBook Air now makes up 28 percent of Apple’s overall notebook shipments.Apparently, this has happened because of the MacBook Air’s mid-2011 update which has had a significant effect on Apple’s diminutive notebook.
Today, the MacBook Air makes up 28 percent of Apple’s overall notebook shipments. Since Apple discontinued the plastic MacBook in July, its very clear that the MacBook Pro accounts for the bulk of the remaining 78 percent of shipments. The deletion of the plastic MacBook from the lineup may in fact account for some of the MacBook Air’s revival.
The vast upgrade it received in July is probably a much bigger factor in the MacBook Air’s newfound popularity; by itself the addition of Thunderbolt vastly expanded the device’s capabilities, but the addition of i5 and i7 processors arguably made the MacBook Air an attractive standalone Mac for the first time.
Apple is likely pleased with how well the MacBook Air has taken off after its last update, and with rumors constantly swirling about a 15-inch addition to the MacBook Air line, it’s certainly possible that the Air lineup may eventually take over from the Pro as Apple’s most popular notebook model.