MacBook Air for $799 in the Works: Report
Apple may be prepping a lower-priced version of its ultrathin MacBook Air notebooks, according to a DigiTimes report.In an effort to market the pricey, though sublime, MacBook Air notebook to a wider audience, Apple is working on a $799 version of the computer, according to a report in the Taiwanese tech publication DigiTimes. Quoting unnamed sources from the upstream supply chain, the article said Apple is considering offering the $799 MacBook Air in the third quarter of 2012, possibly in response to the upcoming generation of Intel-branded Ultrabook notebooks. Intel has poured an enormous amount of money into the research, development and promotion of the Ultrabook platform and a related application store. Much of the success of the next generation of these notebooks could be tied to the success of Microsofts Windows 8 operating system, which is highly tuned to run on Ultrabooks. "Although Acer has recently reduced its Ultrabook shipment target, Intel continues to aggressively push Ultrabooks and is aiming to have the devices priced at $699 in the second half of the year," the report noted. "However, if Intel is unable to bring down ASPs [average selling prices] to its goal, the price gap between Ultrabooks and the $799 MacBook Air may further postpone the time Ultrabooks become standardized," the sources explained.
Apples current line of MacBook Air computers includes two models: an 11-inch notebook that starts at $999 and a 13-inch model that starts at $1,299. A top-of-the-line 13-inch Air, which includes a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage, comes in at $1,699a good $700 more than the average cost of an Ultrabook.