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Apple’s U.S. Mac Sales Up 20% in Current Quarter

Written on September 13, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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The Apple company is seeing outstanding sales rates this quarter with its U.S Mac sales up to 22 percent.

New NPD Group figures disclosed that Mac sales in US have increased to 22% in July and August, Piper Jaffray analyst – Gene Munster – reported.

Gene Munster pointed out that this achievement was attained when the company introduces the OS X Lion operating system last July, and updates the MacBook Air and Mac Mini models. And since the sales rush would be seeing a decrease in September, he speculated that Apple might be able to sell 4.4 million to 4.6 million Mac units before the current quarter ends.

“We believe that Mac sales in the month of August benefited from new Mac products,” Gene Munster affirmed in a research note. “On July 20th Apple released OS X Lion, a $29 download also included in all Mac sales on or after 7/20. Since the Lion release timing was known, Apple likely benefited from pent-up demand for Macs, which also explains soft NPD data in the month of June (+7% y/y). The company also released updated versions of the MacBook Air and the Mac mini on 7/20, which provided a tailwind for Mac sales in the month of Aug.”

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Apple: Bringing Thunderbolt Display to Stores This Week

Written on September 07, 2011 by Lulu

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Apple will roll out its Thunderbolt Display to market this week.

Apple is said to deliver the Thunderbolt Display to stores this week based on details that emerged on Tuesday. MacRumors said that both the official Apple stores and third-party chains should have the 27-inch screen soon. Online pre-order customers haven’t received shipping notices yet, but some details claimed that the shipping of the Thunderbolt Display will be on September 15.

The display was revealed during the unveiling of the new MacBook Air, and is being used as a full desktop docking station for portables. The 10Gbps Thunderbolt link feeds both the 2560 x 1440 display, as well as gigabit Ethernet, 2.1-channel audio, an HD webcam, FireWire 800 and three USB ports. Apple’s only separate cable for the computer is a MagSafe connector required to supply the extra power for notebooks.

Users can daisy chain as many as five other Thunderbolt devices, even though only one of those devices can be an additional Thunderbolt Display.

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MacBook Air: Stealing the Thunder from Intel, ASUS and ACER

Written on August 24, 2011 by Adam Eve

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While Ultrabooks are soon to take the laptop and netbook market, MacBook Air has already took the spotlight.

Sooner or later, laptops and netbooks will have to make way for a device that is thinner, lighter and houses more features than its chubbier rivals — the Ultrabook or ultra-portable laptop.

Ever since Apple released its iPad last April, many consumers were swayed by its sleek looks and audio-visual charms. Hence, the world’s largest chip maker – Intel – has set up a $300 million Capital Ultrabook Fund to support technology that will boost the introduction of ultra-portable laptops.

Taiwan’s ASUS is likely to be the first to launch Ultrabooks in India with its UX21. The said device will arrive in the country during the first quarter of 2012 with an estimated price of Rs 50,000. ACER also plans to roll out a Ultrabook soon after.

However, it could be possible that by the time Ultrabook hits the market, much of its thunder would have already been stolen. Although it is not categorized as one, Apple’s MacBook Air is the first Ultrabook that is already in the market.

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Intel Starts Funding for MacBook Air-like Ultrabooks

Written on August 11, 2011 by Lulu

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Intel raised $300 million fund for the development of an ultrabook that is similar to MacBook Air.

Intel’s capital division pledged itself to their ultrabook concept in earnest late Wednesday by beginning the Ultrabook fund. This fund is worth $300 million and will be allocated for the companies’ ultraportable developments, as well as software to take advantage of them. The said budget will be divided over the course of the next three to four years.

The company has been predicting that their ultrabooks will be an important area for innovation in computers as a whole, which were estimated to be worth $261 billion. PC builders have already been working closely with Intel from the start, and have were getting unusually direct guidelines for what they should use to create the thin and light PCs. Intel also gives them guidelines for the price ranges and choice of materials. Depending on the screen size, ultrabooks should be no thicker than 0.7 or 0.8 inches and will often have real metal shells and solid-state drives.

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Intel Ultrabooks, Unable to Compete with MacBook Air on Price

Written on August 05, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Intel finds the technology needed for the production of Ultrabooks too costly, making them incapable of undercutting the MacBook Air Prices.

Since then, Intel was aiming to produce a number of energy-efficient products that are capable of grasping a large percentage of the market sales. They started this goal by introducing a new version of laptops addressed as “Ultrabooks”. These so-called Ultrabooks are believed to mimic some features of Apple’s MacBook Air, but with a much thinner and lighter feel. It is also expected to cover up 40% of the laptop market by the last quarter of 2012.

In order to achieve this goal, Intel has to work on producing cheaper laptops. However, sources close to the company said that the manufacturers are facing difficulties on pricing their devices lower than Apple’s MacBook Air, thus, affecting their aimed success in the market.

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New MacBook Air Uses a Cheaper Thunderbolt Cheap

Written on July 30, 2011 by Lulu

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An investigation revealed that Apple is using a tinier and cheaper Thunderbolt chip on their new MacBook Air.

An investigation into the new MacBook Air’s internals showed that Apple is using a new, relatively untested Thunderbolt chip. The said Thunderbolt chip is called Eagle Ridge which has two 10Gbps bidirectional lanes (40Gbps), while the Light Ridge chip in the iMac, MacBook Pro and Mac mini has a full four.

The said part tracked down by AnandTech can only drive one display over Thunderbolt, but is also much smaller and cheaper, a key to fitting it into the 11-inch, $999 Air.

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Dell, HP, Lenovo to Release MacBook Air-Influenced Notebooks by September

Written on July 26, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Dell, HP, and Lenovo are planning to head off MacBook Air with the upcoming release of their ultrabooks.

Three giant manufacturers – Dell, HP, and Lenovo – are teaming up with Acer and ASUS in order to release ultrabook models this coming September. The suppliers pointed out that this attempt was made to battle the current MacBook Air products from Apple. By this, the three are planning to produce ultrathin notebooks that have the similar Intel’s concept like the MacBook Air.

ASUS would be the first one to accomplish this plan. According to Digitimes’ sources, the supplier will be shipping a number of 100,000 UX21 models for the whole second half of 2011.

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ACER Predicted Itself to be Back on top of World PC Market

Written on July 23, 2011 by Lulu

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ACER declared their return on profit on the third quarter of the year, as they face Macbook Air rival.

JT Wang, ACER chairman, argued his belief at last Thursday’s presentation that the company would return to profit in 2011. This comes after posting their two consecutive losses in the first half of the year, because of the Apple’s iPad domination over netbooks and low-end notebooks.

JT Wang also said that he expects a profit in the summer and an improvement in the fall — the combination of which would put ACER back in the top of the market. The said Taiwan PC builder cut its ‘abnormalities’ in Europe from unsold notebooks, and would have a much efficient 10 to 20 days of channel inventory in the summer.

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Apple, to Ship 1.5 Million MacBook Air Systems in Summer

Written on July 21, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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With the MacBook Air adding up the latest generation Sandy Bridge processors, Apple might be planning to build orders of over 1.5 million products by summer.

Late yesterday, some sources claimed that Apple is planning to ship a number of 1.5 million MacBook Air systems by summer. Previous statements said that the company already produced 400,000 to 500,000 Core i5 models last June, and was still persisting to have this huge number through the months of July and August.

According to Digitimes’ current rate record, Apple will be having 1.2 million – 1.5 million MacBook Airs to be shipped in summer. Apple also estimated that if the shipping becomes successful, they will be able to attain 13 million to 14 million of shipped MacBook products before the year ends. And if they would perform well on this plan, they might hit 15 million.

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HP, Taking on MacBook Air with Ultrabooks

Written on July 13, 2011 by Adam Eve

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The battle for the best ultra-portable laptop is heating up, as HP is set to unveil at least two Ultrabooks to take on Apple's MacBook Air.

The war between ultra-portable laptops is firing up, as HP is anticipated to be the first to release laptops based on Intel’s new Ultrabook category: Slim, affordable laptops, which can be a worthy alternative for Apple’s MacBook Air. DigiTimes also reported that HP is slated to launch at least two Ultrabook models prior to ASUS UX21.

Sources also informed DigiTimes that HP Ultrabooks will use Intel’s Core i7-2677M and i7-2637M dual-core CPUs. However, the chip maker’s guidelines for Ultrabooks indicate that the HP models will be 0.8-inches thick, with long battery-life, and should be tagged under $1,000.

With Apple expected to unveil a MacBook air refresh in the coming days, the timing of this news makes it very interesting. The race for the best ultra-portable laptop is about to start.

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