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No New Mac, For Now

June 17, 2011 - Dave Hecei
Sometime in July, Apple will release their next version of Mac OS X, code named Lion. This will be OS X 10.7 and will run on any Mac capable of running OS X 10.6.

With a new OS ready to drop any time now, it is unlikely that there will be any new Macs released until Lion goes on sale. This also means that any new Mac will likely only run Lion and may not be backwards compatible with Snow Leopard. This will only be a problem if you have any software that has a problem with OS X Lion.

The Macs that are rumored to be coming soon - MacBook Air, MacBook, Mac mini, and Mac Pro. These are slated to be upgraded to the new Intel Sandy Bridge line of processors. Plus, any new Mac will also include the new super high-speed Thunderbolt I/O port.

Of these Macs the one that most people are looking forward to is the Air. The current version of the Air, which was updated just last October (2010), sold like hot cakes. This was due in part to the small size of the 11-inch model and the speedy feel imparted by the use of an SSD storage system. There are users hoping that the new Air comes soon with the better Sandy Bridge chipset and the addition of Thunderbolt, which will give the Air very versatile expansion capabilities.

I myself am looking forward to the next incarnation of the mini. I doubt we will see and SSD in the mini, but the additional speed of Sandy Bridge and I/O speed of Thunderbolt will make the mini even more mightier.


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