DigiTimes, a Taiwanese trade publication, is out with a new report quoting supply chain sources that claim Apple’s parts suppliers will begin delivering components for the anticipated Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs. Apple is gearing up to manufacture eight million units for the third quarter, twice as much over the previous quarter. As expected, the new Airs should launch in July:

Shipments of parts and components for MacBook lineups totaled an equivalent of 2.2-2.4 million MacBooks in June, and orders for July are likely to top 2.7-2.8 million units, said the sources, noting that the increase is in line with Apple’s previous strategy to ramp up deliveries prior to the launch of new products. The sources have also raised the projected shipments of MacBook notebooks for 2011 to 15 million units, compared to 13 million forecast previously. The new MacBook Air is also expected to feature Apple’s new Mac OS X, Lion, and support the Thunderbolt interface, the sources indicated.

MacRumors points out that eight milliom MacBook Airs in the third quarter represents twice as many all Macs Apple shipped in the second quarter – 3.69 million notebook and desktop units combined. That said, you should probably take the report with a grain of salt – unless Apple really has high hopes for its popular ultrathin notebook.

Still, the news jibes with most of what others have reported so far. CNET, for example, said that an estimated 48 percent of Apple’s laptops will be from MacBook Airs. Intel last week unveiled new Sandy Bridge chips and Reuters added that Apple would initially ship 380,000 MacBook Airs late June.

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