Report: Apple to phase out white MacBook in favour of MacBook Air

Apple's MacBook, which has recently seen a drop in monthly shipments, may reportedly be phased out in favour of the MacBook Air. An update to the ultrathin laptop is rumoured to take place soon, bringing with it a 128GB hard drive.

Speaking to AppleInsider, Ming-Chi Kuo from Concord Securities revealed a drop in internal shipping forecasts for the white MacBook around August timefream. Kuo suggested the reason for the drop may be the imminent "end of life" for the MacBook, paving the way forward for the MacBook Air as the new poster child for Apple's laptop show.

Marketing literature from Cupertino has recently begun to focus more on Apple's thinnest offering. Beyond the generic Mac advertising, OS X Lion has been making a notable amount of appearances on the MacBook Air, such as the fullscreen support that a small-screened computer like the MacBook Air would benefit from.

A reduced amount of dependence on the optical drive also suggests where the MacBook Air may fall in Apple's strategy. With the Mac App Store, Apple is able to provide a simpler software channel for Air users than the external SuperDrive. Dependence on Remote Disc for operating system installs may become a thing of the past eventually, but for now, Apple's distribution of OS X Lion through the Mac App Store means Snow Leopard users won't need an optical drive to upgrade.

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This does not make a sense. Cheaper MacBook replaced with sort of "hig-end" aluminium version. No optical drive, SSD... etc. So we will have more expensive MacBook Pro and even more expensive Air.. What will be next? Will they discontinue also Mac Mini and iMac and keep only Mac Pro?

6205 said,
This does not make a sense. Cheaper MacBook replaced with sort of "hig-end" aluminium version. No optical drive, SSD... etc. So we will have more expensive MacBook Pro and even more expensive Air.. What will be next? Will they discontinue also Mac Mini and iMac and keep only Mac Pro?

Probably will be the other way around- they'll discontinue the mac pro and promote the mac mini in its place.

Give me a Vaio Z with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD space in raid 0 with a Core i7 CPU with a 1080p screen at lower weight and smaller size than the Macbook Air any day. Slow laptop is slow.

I do however hope they give the new Macbook Air a spec bump as this Core 2 Duo option is pretty pathetic in 2011.

norseman said,
Give me a Vaio Z with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD space in raid 0 with a Core i7 CPU with a 1080p screen at lower weight and smaller size than the Macbook Air any day. Slow laptop is slow.

I do however hope they give the new Macbook Air a spec bump as this Core 2 Duo option is pretty pathetic in 2011.

1) MacBook Air is an ultra-portable, what you're demanding is a desktop replacement.
2) They're going to upgrade the Core 2 with a Sandy Bridge CPU but don't expect to be able to play high fps games considering the GPU they'll most likely use is the one integrated into the CPU itself.

Microsoft Expert said,
Erm... ok? Why change the color? I mean silve look fantastic already, and whtie on the MacBook Air just looks kind of wrong.

The White MacBook is being replaced by the MacBook Air, not that there will be a color change to the MBA.