"People prefer the smaller, lighter Air because of its convenient size for travel," said White, responding to questions about the speculation of a larger MacBook Air. "A 15-inch Air defeats that purpose."
In fact, White said his checks have indicated a slight edge to the smaller 11-in. MacBook Air in sales.
"There's still a place for the MacBook Pro," he continued, when asked whether Apple will condense its laptop lines from two to just one. "The storage of an Air can fill up pretty quickly."
Unlike the MacBook Pro, which relies on a traditional platter-based hard drive, the Air uses a SSD (solid-state drive) that has no moving parts. But the Air's onboard storage space tops out at 256GB in a standard configuration, compared to a 13-in. MacBook Pro's standard 500GB hard drive or the 750GB drive included in the top-end 15-in. Pro.
"The Air is another big hit for Apple," said White. "It keeps the momentum going in the portfolio, keeps the buzz going" as Apple heads toward the third quarter, when White and most other analysts expect the company to launch the next-generation iPhone.
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