Components makers in the supply chain for Apple’s MacBook Air are set to “run in full gear” during July as the company prepares for the upcoming launch of the latest model.
Sources for DigiTimes have revealed that Apple is expected to take delivery of over 8 million MacBook Airs during the third quarter, reportedly doubling its order of the device from the previous quarter. Shipments for June are already around the 2.4 million mark, while shipments in July are expected to come close to around 3 million units, according to the sources.
The demand for the ultraportable notebook has raised the projected number of MacBook Air shipments in 2011 to a whopping 15 million units — up 2 million from the previous forecast of 13 million.
This report makes those rumors that a MacBook Air refresh would launch alongside Lion look increasingly likely, and strengthens speculation from earlier this month that claims the device is set for a July launch.
However, MacRumors believes that the numbers quoted in the DigiTimes report aren’t quite right:
Digitimes’ 8 million MacBook Air Q3 estimate is questionable since this represents twice as many Macs (all kinds) Apple shipped in Q2 2011, casting doubt on the specifics of this report.