MacBook Shipments Could Fall To 10 Million Units 2014; 12-inch iPad Still Coming – Taiwan OEM Subcontractors

Digitimes’ Aaron Lee and Adam Hwang report that MacBook shipments in 2014 are likely to decline by about 15 percent from 12 million units in 2013 to 10 million units or even 9.9 million units this year, according to some Taiwan-based supply chain device manufacturers.

Lee and Hwang note that MacBook shipments in January-February 2014 were as expected, but are hearing from insider sources that Apple has significantly decreased shipments for March.

However, the reporters say other Taiwan-based supply chain makers contend that 2014 MacBook shipments estimates may not be accurate because Apple will launch new models in the second half of 2014, including a long-predicted MacBook Air with Retina display.

Additionally, Lee and Hwang report that Apple will launch a large (around 12-inch) iPad in the second half of 2014, with longtime subcontractor partner Quanta Computer to be responsible for that device’s OEM production.

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