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Apple will hold a press event Oct. 20 unveiling Mac updates. The event is called “Back to the Mac,” which is an acknowledgement that Apple’s focus has seemed to be elsewhere of late. But the teaser image reveals we could see more than just new hardware.

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Apple will do what they often do this time of year, and that’s hold a press event unveiling Mac updates. The event is called “Back to the Mac,” which is an acknowledgement that Apple’s focus has seemed to be elsewhere of late (iOS, in case you hadn’t noticed). But the teaser image reveals we could see more than just new hardware.

The official invite sports what’s clearly the image of a lion peeking out from behind an Apple logo-shaped cutout. Does that mean we’ll be seeing a new iteration of OS X, major point upgrades of which are codenamed after big cats? In short, yes. Apple will probably announce OS X 10.7, possibly codenamed “Lion” at this event. It’s hard to interpret that photo in any other way.

Mac OS X Leopard was officially announced on Oct. 16 2007, and released for sale only 10 days later. Snow Leopard was announced well before its actual release, but that was a unique case since it was basically an upgrade pack for Leopard. So, if 10.7 is on the way, we could see it hitting shelves on or shortly after Oct. 20, in time for holiday shoppers.

Also likely on the agenda at the event are new MacBooks, including the MacBook Air, which is long due for an upgrade. Rumors surrounding that piece of hardware include a new, smaller 11.6-inch screen and redesigned case to accomodate a newer style click-button trackpad.

More software updates will also probably be announced, including iLife ’11, and possibly an update to Apple’s desktop productivity software, iWork, as well. This might be a good place for Apple to reveal iWork for iPhone, too.

What are your predictions? Are you likely to upgrade if Apple announces a new OS, or are you happy with Snow Leopard for the time being?

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  1. I hope that any new MacBook Pro line will continue to support the anti-glare (matte) screen. The current 15″ MacBook Pro is available with a matte screen only with a high-rez display. On behalf of all of us with aging eyes, perhaps including Steve Jobs himself, I hope that they will again offer an anti-glare option with the standard display.

  2. I’m happy with snow leopard. but I was also happy for my leopard, my iphone 3G and 3GS.
    What I’m trying to say is that even though I’m happy with what I’ve got I will probably upgrade to “Lion” if the price will be as cheap as the upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard. Usually I upgrade my Apple gear when new and better ones hits the shelves. (Not my macbook though, that is the expensive part of my Apple “fanboy’ism”)

    But I’m looking forward to see what Apple comes up with. And I’m not sure that iWork for iphone is that much of a good idea

  3. Now that I have started building a Hackintosh they will be announcing the mid-level Macintosh I have been wishing for these past few years. Specs similar to the iMac but with some user upgradability options and no built-in monitor.

    1. They’ve had the Mac Mini for awhile now.

      1. Limited mod capabilities on the mac mini. I have wished for a mini pro for some time…

  4. 10.7 is not going to be released this year. Apple would never release a new OS without letting developers test on it first. When 10.6 was “announced” it had already been in developer hands for 6 months.

    My guess is Apple announces the new OS and shows off features, but doesn’t commit to a release date beyond something generic (“Spring 2011″) and that developers start getting test builds shortly after next week’s press conference.

    1. Totally agreed – actually, I would not be surprised if we would not see 10.7 until the Fall of 2011. Didn’t it take Snow Leopard around the same time from Macworld’09 until release in the very late Fall?

  5. I’d like to see an iPhone-style Finder as an option in Tiger when it comes out next Fall. So many people use the desktop as their documents folder, and there is no easy way to organize all the files and aliases. And those nice web clip icons that iOS has; it would be nice if Tiger supported that feature, too.

  6. Does this mean you will have to shout “Eye of Thundera, Give Me Sight Beyond Sight!” to boot up 10.7?

    I hope so.

  7. Hoping to see new ilife and iwork versions for desktop machines.

  8. Alejandro Perez Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    1) They will talk numbers in sales about iMac, Macbook, and MBP. And announce new models for most probably the portables, since apple has mostly shown interest of portability. My guess is faster processors, more battery life, pobablly some kind of retina display? and my dream would be a Blu-ray-recording system on high-end.

    And just one more thing… Specs of a new OSX version, there have been job advertising to join a team to create a new OS and revolutionize the industry. But will now launch until a further date. Invite some developers who had secretly been using this build to create software and wow the audiences. this is my humble opinion.

  9. I honestly hope “Lion” is codename for iOS desktop. Imagine windows of iPad apps, with the power of desktop hardware i.e. a larger tablet form factor primarily for desktop computing, but also for small group presentations. I may be alone in this, but I don’t think I am.. Physical tactile feedback of typing can never be replaced, but the mouse has got to go!! Touch is the future! Truthfully though, despite my hopes, this is probably a boring mouse-driven Mac OS update and Apple will probably need more time to prepare a fully awesome touch-based desktop variant of iOS. What I don’t hope to see them do is go further into the mouse world by going 3D. The invite suggests lion but also has a 3D effect not found in other invites. I hope it’s just coincidence and not suggestive of 3D beyond the pretty dock :) but then again, could 3D work with touch?… I’m rambling now.. Lol anyways, I’m supper excited for next Wednesday!!!

  10. iLife and iWork for their whole line up except Apple TV. A preview of 10.7 that will come out early next year, Something about MobileMe and some update about 4.2 for the iDevices. They don’t want to do another event come November.

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