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August 1, 2011 / David Bleeker

Strong demand, spot shortages for new MacBook Air, says analyst

Spot shortages of the MacBook Air show that demand for Apple’s recently-revamped notebook is off to a strong start, a Wall Street analyst said today.

“Certain models at some Apple stores are at times in short supply,” said Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities. “In some cases, it’s the high-end 11-inch [that’s out of stock], while in others it’s the low-end 13-inch. I don’t think [the shortages] are broad-based, but demand is very, very strong.”

White based his conclusion on spot checks of Apple retail stores.

Apple’s online store, however, has indicated no shortages of MacBook Airs: Since the line’s refresh on July 20, all models have shown a ship time within 24 hours of ordering. [read more]

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