Apple MacBook Air Sales Top A Million In First Quarter

The MacBook Air, which was launched by Apple late last year, managed to sell more than a million units in its first quarter ending December 2010, it was been revealed.

The ultra-lightweight notebook, which was introduced in October 2010, riding hard on the Christmas holiday season rush, sold more than 1.1 million units worldwide, Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told Apple Insider.

The sales revealed by Kuo are 63 percent higher than the 700,000 units he had earlier predicted for MacBook Air.

The blockbuster quarter has made it one of the most successful Mac launches in Apple's history. The notebook is available in two models. The 11-inch screen version starts from £867 while the 13-inch screen model has a starting price of £1,122.

Apple had said in its end-of-quarter report that it had sold 2.9 million Mac notebooks during the quarter. The 1.1 million sales figure for MacBook Air reveals that the device accounted for 40 per cent of Apple's revenue from its Mac notebook division.

Kuo says that Apple has ordered its Asian component makers to prepare more than 4.5 million Mac units for this quarter, indicating that the company expects to have another record-breaking quarter for its Mac division.