Apple shipped a total of 1.1 million MacBook Airs during Q4 2010, Apple Insider says, quoting Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This would make the new MacBook Air one of the most successful Mac launches ever.
Apple doesn’t break down shipments by categories, but said it shipped 2.9 laptops during that quarter. That would make the new Airs already 40% of its laptop business and 25% of its Mac business as a whole.
The report seems credible and if it’s true, it shows just how fast Apple’s business is evolving. The first version of the MacBook Air was basically a side business and a technical demonstration, and now the MacBook Air is fast becoming the “default” Mac laptop.
Most of Apple’s current growth comes from the huge iPad and iPhone businesses, but there’s also enormous room for growth in the PC business, and as more and more people buy iPhone and iPads they’re more and more likely to buy Macs when they want a new personal computer.
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