Hand-in-hand with the release of the OS X Lion operating system update in July 2011, Apple has updated its MacBook Air laptop with new Intel Sandy Bridge CPU options, a data port for high-speed Thunderbolt peripherals, and a backlit keyboard. Notably, the white MacBook now appears to be discontinued, making the 11-inch Air the new baseline MacBook model. In Doha, it normally takes at least a month for these “new” or updated products to arrive.
Deplorably, as of this publication, the recent MacBook Airs are still not available in Doha aside from one reseller. The prices on the table on the right are still the ones released in 2010, i.e., no backlight and Thunderbolt, except for iSpot, which have the recently updated MacBook Airs.
This country has only two Premium Apple Resellers iSpot and e-Pro Solutions. These resellers are owned by prominent local trading companies Ali Bin Ali and Abuissa Holding, respectively, as their IT solutions arm. However, there are also other vendors like London’s popular record shop Virgin Megastore, popular French-hypermarket chain Carrefour, Carlin franchised store Office One and Blue Salon’s luxury retailer Fifty One East.
I don’t speak Arabic and one thing I learned when I bought my first bought my MacBook Pro in Doha was to “pre-order” the English keyboard as Arabic keyboards are evidently prevalent. The Arabic keyboard still has those QWERTY keys, though, it has of no use for me and lessens unnecessary visual interruption while I type.
It usually takes at least a week to arrive upon ordering and you have to make a deposit (cost varies and depends on your arrangement with the shop) to confirm your order. The vendor will call you as soon as the merchandise arrives at their store.
Disclaimer: These published prices are provided for information purposes only and accurate as of the date provided. Price adjustments may be made at any time by these resellers without notice to QMac. n/a=not available on the date the shop was visited.