With all the love that iOS, the iPods and Apple TV have been getting lately, you could be forgiven for thinking that Apple has forgotten the Mac. Sure, there have been upgrades to the Mac Pros and a few bits and pieces to keep us interested, but it’s been a while since a significant announcement. That all looks set to change, after Apple sent out invites to a ‘Back to the Mac’ event overnight.
Due to kick off at 10am, Wednesday 20 October (4am AEDST, Thursday 21 October), the event is set to introduce the new version of Mac OS X – which we can probably assume will be 10.7 Lion, given the image on the invite. There is plenty of speculation that we’ll also see iLife updated and maybe even a new version of iWork (just before Office 2011 launches).
Beyond that, it’s likely the the company will introduce some new hardware, with the MacBook Air the most likely candidate. The Air hasn’t seen an upgrade since June 2009, and rumours of a new model have been circulating for months. The MacBook Pro lineup could even see a refresh, but as always with Apple announcements, it really is anyone’s guess.
Perhaps announcements of new hardware are just wishful thinking – with the Aussie dollar almost at parity with the US dollar, any introductions could potentially see a remarkable drop in price.
At least there’s less than a week to wait. Let the countdown begin!