Students looking forward to picking up a white MacBook are finding that supplies of the bleached 'Books are limited. According to a post on AppleInsider, stocks of MacBooks are sold out at many authorized Apple resellers, including Amazon, MacConnection, and J&R. Other resellers are reporting low inventories as well.
Apple has recently discounted the price of the MacBook for education buyers from $949 to $899, which could account for the reduction in availability. The Mac rumor mill hasn't been buzzing with talk about a refresh of the MacBook, although Apple would be expected to hold back introductions of any new Mac products until Mac OS X Lion ships in July.
A back room discussion with other TUAW bloggers brought up an interesting idea -- since the MacBook Air is extremely popular, could Apple be bringing the polycarbonate body MacBook line to an end? The base price for the MacBook is $999, with a 13" display, a SuperDrive, 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, Nvidia GeForce 320m graphics processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive. The base price for a 13" MacBook Air is $1299, although with a slower 1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, the same graphics processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 128 GB SSD, and no SuperDrive. A drop in the price of the 13" MacBook Air could make it a worthy successor to the MacBook, and the expected move to the new Intel Sandy Bridge processors could bring processing power in line with the venerable MacBook.
What do you think, TUAW readers? Is the white MacBook nearing end of life? Will the MacBook Air reign supreme as Apple's entry-level laptop? Leave your comments below.