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MacBook Air is hard to find in many large markets despite high price

When Apple first announced the MacBook Air, it was met with oohs and ahs form Apple fans and non-Apple fans alike. The Air is a very attractive notebook, even if it does have a wealth of odd issues prospective owners have to live with.

Even though the MacBook Air has generated lots of praise for its design and thin construction, the notebook has taken a few hits for its lack of a user-replaceable battery, meager performance, lack of more USB ports and a missing GbE connection onboard.

According to Ars Technica, even with the caveats of MacBook Air ownership, the demand is apparently still high leading to long wait times for shipping and frequent sell outs at Apple stores in large markets. Amazon says its MacBook Air orders won’t be shipping until March 16 and Best Buy has been low on systems as well.

It makes sense that Apple resellers like Amazon and Best Buy would be low on stock since Apple is having a hard time keeping its own retail stores supplied with the Air. Some stores in and around Boston were out of stock and store employees said that some would be Air owners were opting to spend the significantly higher price on the SSD equipped Air because it tends to be in stock longer.

Apple stores in large markets like LA, New York City and Chicago get daily shipments and are still not able to keep a regular stock of the Air. However, it seems that Apple fans in smaller markets may have an easier time getting their hands on the MacBook Air -- one Apple Store in Indianapolis reported that it had more than enough stock to meet demand.

The real question behind the shortages of MacBook Air systems is if the demand is really that high, or perhaps did Apple simply not order enough of the machines making them hard to keep in stock. Whatever the reason the Air is hard to get in some areas, there is little doubt that the computer has proven to be surprisingly popular despite the issues it may have.



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Apple is boring.
By gochichi on 3/4/2008 3:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
I purchased a PowerBook a while back (obviously) and it had two finger scrolling and yada-yada. It looked way ahead of its time.

I go into Apple stores and all I see is the same damn thing... better execution perhaps but the same damn thing. Not to mention how you have to spread your wallet nice and wide as you are forced to purchase the gimmiky updated software because Rosetta slows things down substantially. So you MUST get Adobe CS3 (if any), and Office 2008 (if you want Office)... I don't know, it just seems really boring, and really pricey for being so boring.

It's dull... it has become so me too to say "wow, look at Apple!". BORING!! B O R I N G ! ! !

I really believe most people would be better served by spending the same money on other products. The problem is, people compare spending $2k on a Mac... with spending $500.00 on the weekend special. Of course, the $500.00 weekend special is going to suck. But what about an $800.00 laptop, a $600.00 desktop with a TV tuner, and $600.00 towards an HDTV or an excellent 24" screen? You know?

I also believe that the newbs buying Macs anymore can't handle the incompatibility that is still involved in dealing with Macs. The vast majority of people are better off with the PC versions of MS Office. iTunes on a PC works just great, but Media Center on a Mac... doesn't even exist.

Windows Mobile, Outlook 2007, market majority are all things that make PCs a better way to do things. B/c when each component is twice the price it needs to be, you end up with less components, less piece of mind, and less money to keep things current in the upcoming years.

Case in point: I have a T-Mobile shadow, it syncs beautifully to my PCs. It was $150.00 and it keeps me up to date. Not $399.00 and incompatible with most computers... and vice versa... my Shadow can't do much of anything on Apple computers. iTunes works exclusively with Apple products and on and on.

I guess what I'm getting at, is who works for who? Does Apple work for you, or do you work for Apple? As a well experienced relatively recent switcher (2003 ish) I can say that more and more it felt like I worked for Apple and am happily switching right back to the mainstream.

Think I'm exaggerating? Well you could buy Keynote 1.0, then iWork'05, iWork '06, and iWork '08 do a similar thing with iLife... do a similar thing with OSX Panther, OSX Tiger, OSX Leopard and it just seemed like they were extremely greedy and ungrateful to their customers.

Microsoft, (I can't believe I'm praising them but they do deserve it) gave me Windows XP... and free of charge XP SP1, then SP2, and SP3. Vista, Vista SP1 and on and on. You call them, they get on it, hardly any wait. Not nearly as "evil" as all that. But most importantly, Apple is definitely not as "benevolent" as all that either.

HP or someone should release a deluxe line that more directly competes with these machines.




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