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AppleInsider reports that, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities, Apple may be removing the (now) classic white MacBook from its lineup as early as this fall. The white, polycarbonate, unibody MacBook, currently starting at $999, has served as the entry level Mac notebook computer since it was launched in 2006. Kuo predicts that the MacBook Air, which also starts at $999, could be the logical replacement.
Kuo reports that Apple's internal forecast for shipments of the white MacBook has a significant drop-off beginning this August, which is the basis for his belief that the unit will go "end of life."
Kuo also reports that shipments of the white MacBook have fallen during the first half of 2011, and currently represent less than 10 percent of Apple's total Mac shipments.
Whether or not the MacBook Air, without an optical drive and with less hard drive space, can serve as the entry level Mac notebook remains to be seen. But we suspect that killing the white MacBook would be a very black day for many Apple fans, and change the look of coffee shops and college campuses around the world.