A Lion peeks through the Apple logo on invitations to the October 20th Back to the Mac event, so expectations are set for an OSX Lion release. Will new hardware be unveiled as well?
Itâ€™s hard to imagine Apple announcing yet another groundbreaking, game changing leap forward the likes of iPhone or iPad, but then again, Steve Jobs has been known for his surprises.
What are the rumors on Mac user forums? Talk of a new MacBook Air, an Intel Core i3 MacBook, and a power userâ€™s bounty of other hardware updates top the list. A Verizon iPhone seems less likely, considering AT&Tâ€™s exclusivity agreement runs until 2012.
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So what of the new software? Development of an OSX Lion could be a step toward integrating the iOS, which runs iPhone and iPad devices, into future Macs. A new MacBook Air with iOS would benefit highly mobile users, as iOS is less energy-intensive and enables longer battery life on iPads with ARM processors. Apple is now the third largest personal computer seller in the U.S., due in part to its success with the iPad.
Of the other rumored hardware upgrades, Blu-ray and HDMI emerge as the most likely to be added to all Macs if a rumored iOS-based Apple TV platform turns out to be Jobsâ€™ wild card. Integration with iTunes and App Store are logical next steps that would pit Apple against Netflix, Sony's PS3 and Internet TV.
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