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Apple hosting "Back to the Mac" event October 20: OS X Lion?

updated 11:15 am EDT, Wed October 13, 2010

Apple special Mac event arriving October 20

Apple today sent invitations to the press to a special event on October 20. The teaser says only "Back to the Mac" but shows an image of a metal Apple logo with a lion in the background, hinting that Mac OS X 10.7 may be codenamed Lion. A preview of the next version of the OS is expected to come at the event, which takes place at Apple's town hall at 10AM Pacific.

Few if any details of the new OS haven't been revealed, but Apple is believed to be working on one revolutionary feature that would affect the deepest level of Mac OS X. It would involve the web as a major component.

The other most likely candidate is a portable refresh that could include a new 11.6-inch MacBook Air believed coming now that stocks are running low. Apple is rumored to be switching to ultra-low voltage Core i3, i5 or i7 chips and focusing on a lower price than the $1,500, 13-inch existing model. Other MacBook models could receive a modest update as well now that faster Intel mobile chips and newer NVIDIA mobile graphics are available.

Mentions of iLife '11 have also become frequent and could see a new creative suite shipping on Macs. The release may upgrade to 64-bit code on supporting Macs but is still largely unknown.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ibook_steve


    Joined: Dec 1969


    Play on Back to the Future?

    I hope it's a play on Back to the Future. It's the 25th anniversary of the film.


  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let's see...

    Preview of Lion
    iOS4 update
    iLife11 update
    MacBook Air update

    Looking forward to it.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "I hope it's a play on Back to the Future"

    Actually I suspect it's just a tacit admission that with all the concentration on iPhone, iPad, and iOS that they are now focusing "Back to the Mac" for this event. With that thought, maybe the iOS 4 update won't be released.

  1. TylerDurden

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Dang, I thought "OS X Tabby" was finally going to make an appearance.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Lion!?

    I'm waiting for OS-X Shaft
    (He's the coolest cat around)

  1. wr11

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More backup software ;)

    Just what we need - and update to Back to My Mac. JK - looking forward to signs of Lion.

  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    To give MS something to do...

    Probably some newly-essential cloud-related features that Apple has been working on the OS core for years to do it properly and securely. MS will then of course quickly kludge something similar on top of Win8, and we get another round of poor MS security that MS blames on its market share and sells a separate a/v subscription to fix...

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A Literary Lion

    Let's hope that, if 10.7's logo is a lion, he'll be a very literary one. For too long Apple has focused almost exclusively on video and music. OS X's out-of-the-box support for text is virtually unchanged since 10.2. It's due for an overhaul. Here are a few examples of what Apple could do.

    * More and more, we're using devices that need for text to reflow on small screens rather than remain fixed in a large paper size. That means epub export should be as easy as PDF export.

    * Paperless is finally becoming a reality. I print less and send more things to be read to my iPhone, iPod touch, or Kindle. OS X should handle that more easily than it does now. Exporting to digital formats such as PDF and epub should get their own "Digital" slot on the File menu and not be relegated to second place status under File-Print.

    * Closely related to that, digital integration with iTunes (for text apps on iOS devices) and third party products should be as easy as printing. I can already select what printer to use. Why can't I choose to send a document as epub to my iPhone or (assuming Amazon handles the drivers) Mobi to my Kindle?

    * Exporting to epub and exchanging text between applications is hindered by an 1980s-era belief that what matters is the minutia of formatting. That's not so, particularly in our digital world. What matters is meaning. A first level heading in a document cannot look the same on a sheet of paper, 24-inch LCD screen and the 3.5-inch screen of an iPhone. But it should look like a first-level heading. That's why it is important that meaning be tagged in documents along with their actual appearance. And in practice that means that documents should be able to store paragraph (i.e. Header 1) and text styles (i.e. italic) as meaning and not formatting. Virtually all serious text applications (Word, InDesign, Quark, etc) used named styles. Apple should make them a part of OS X and every text application that wants to share in their benefits.

    * GREP was a marvelous addition to InDesign. Apple should build GREP with a much improved UI into 10.7, opening up it's tremendous power up to any text app. Apple could get around GREP's geek factor by allowing powerful GREP scripts to be easily downloaded and shared between users as well as between apps.

    Let's hope that OS X proves to be a very literate lion.

    --Michael W. Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    People STOP!

    Okay, whole speculation and wondering is exactly what Apple DOESN'T want you to do for a week! No one needs to see your laundry lists of feature requests and bug fixes. Okay? So just stop. /sarcasm.

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Won't hold my breath..

    Besides what seems to be an obvious preview of "Lion", I'm hoping for Apple to update their product line with better Prosumer desktops and better Pro laptops..

    Desktop - Either a mini-tower mac mini w/ 1 PCIe slot and support for one or two 3.5" hard drives, or better graphics and I/O in both the iMac and mini.. (triple monitor eyefinity support would be great.) I'd do just about anything for what some would call a modernized Centris 650...

    Laptop - Better I/O (Bring back the ExpressCard slot to the 15") and maybe faster FireWire and USB3.. If Apple could surprise all with Lightpeak.. well..

    No, I won't hold my breath, tho it seems like I have been, my 15" C2D MBP and 2.3GHz PowerMac G5 are both getting loooong in the tooth... I'm ready to buy, I just need Apple to sell something I actually want..

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