RUMOR: Deliveries of Eight Million Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs in 3rd Quarter

Posted on June 24, 2011 by

DigiTimes is reporting that Apple supply chains will run in full gear starting in July to prepare parts needed for the new MacBook Air models. The new models are expected to support the Thunderbolt interface and have Intel’s Sandy Bridge chips.

Shipments of parts and components for MacBook lineups totaled an equivalent of 2.2-2.4 million MacBooks in June, and orders for July are likely to top 2.7-2.8 million units, said the sources, noting that the increase is in line with Apple’s previous strategy to ramp up deliveries prior to the launch of new products. The sources have also raised the projected shipments of MacBook notebooks for 2011 to 15 million units, compared to 13 million forecast previously. The new MacBook Air is also expected to feature Apple’s new Mac OS X, Lion, and support the Thunderbolt interface, the sources indicated.

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