Want a $999 MacBook Air? Be Prepared to Wait

MacBook Air ship times
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Barely a week old, and already Apple’s entry-level 9 11.6-inch MacBook Air ship times are slipping. The reviews have been great and the diminutive laptop is in demand, but can Apple keep up with the sales?

AppleInsider is reporting
that new orders for Apple’s 9 11.6-inch MacBook Air on the company’s website have slipped to “one to three business days,” which seems to indicate that the tiny laptop is in high demand for the first week since its October 20 debut.

Meanwhile, other versions of the new MacBook Air — including the more expensive 128GB version of the 11.6-inch model — show shipping times “within 24 hours.” The base model holds only 64GB of storage — equal to the highest-capacity iPod touch or iPad — but at 9, Apple appears to have hit the “sweet spot” as far as price, quality and form factor.

Only last week, at least one analyst predicted that all four new models of the MacBook Air would sell upwards of 700,000 units this holiday season, which would make up 17 percent of an estimated 4.1 million Macs shipped in the last quarter of this calendar year.

Mingchi Kuo with Concord Securities also predicted that the 9 base model will make up 60 percent of new MacBook Air sales — which would seem to be backed up by the longer ship time on Apple’s own web store.

One thing’s for sure: If you want an 11.6-inch MacBook Air for only 9, buy sooner rather than later — we’re guessing ship times may get even later as the holiday season gets into full swing.

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