Thursday, September 18, 2008

New MacBooks Have Begun Shipping?

The first shipments of Apple's new 13-inch MacBooks have left mainland China ahead of a large-scale manufacturing ramp scheduled for later this month, according to investment bank Citigroup.

In a "Company Flash" bulletin issued on Monday, analyst Rich Gardner said he expects the Apple to introduce its fall line of notebooks "within weeks."

"Field checks confirm that shipments of new MacBooks have begun, with a sharp production ramp planned for September and an introduction planned for early October," he wrote. "The most distinctive features of the new MacBook appear to be a very thin aluminum casing, an LED-backlit display and an aggressive entry-level price point."

Gardner's predictions seem to fall in line with Daring Fireball's October 14th predictions.

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