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Just Say When

July 12, 2011 - Dave Hecei

Apple has already promised to release Mac OS X Lion sometime this month. Along with a new Mac OS, rumors are out there that Apple will also release some new hardware. Of course we don’t know when this will take place, only Apple knows this and they’re not telling.

Most agree that there will be no new Macs until Lion is available. It wouldn’t make much sense for Apple to release a new machine with Snow Leopard when we are just days, or at most two weeks, away from the next Mac OS.

Most software releases, from Apple and others, seem to take place on a Tuesday. Even most new DVD/Blu-Ray releases are on a Tuesday. Last month on a Tuesday we found the new Final Cut Pro X just showed up online. I suspect that, since I am writing this on a Tuesday and there seems to be no Lion yet, either Tuesday the 19th or the 26th will be Lion day.

When the new Macs will show up is another question. I would be quite surprised if Apple released both Lion and a new Mac on the same day. If there was a press event being held this month then they could bundle all this new goodness together. I suspect that the new MacBook Air and then the Mac Pro tower will come a week or two after Lion. Some have reported that the low-end plain MacBook is also low in inventory. This could also be updated here very soon.

Since Apple has released the last few iPhones and iPads on a Friday, it is conceivable that Apple could release new Macs on a Friday. But then iOS devices are handled a bit differently. Their release dates were actually announced ahead of time, probably in hopes of creating hoards of crowds lining up outside retail outlets.

While I would love either a new MacBook Air, especially if it is much faster and has the Thunderbolt port, or even a new Mac Pro tower, I won’t be lining up to get one. On the other hand, Lion is something that I am looking forward to. Not jsut because it is the latest and greatest Mac OS, but I am very curious on how well Apple can deliver a new operating system over the Internet. Remember that Lion is only available through the Mac App Store. There will be no disc you can buy. Those of us with high-speed connections shouldn’t have much trouble. Those still on dial-up (yes there are a few left) or those who need to update dozens of Macs will find this method tedious at best.

As for Lion, just say when Apple. As for new Macs, I'm sure they will be following close behind the Lion.



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