“Back to the Mac” media event planned by Apple for October 20
Apple is holding a media event on Wednesday, October 20 titled “Back to the Mac.” The details are as vague as usual, but the image sent out is causing loads of speculation thanks to a lion peeking out from behind an Apple logo. Maybe this will be our first look at Mac OS X 10.7? Maybe we’ll get new Macs? Maybe both? We’ll find out in a week!
Updates: Speculation around the web continues to suggest this will be the official unveiling/preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which must be codenamed Lion at this point, judging by the lion in the picture (we’re all Sherlock Holmes at this point).
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: Touch Support and iOS Integration?
The lion and Apple logo appear to be on a Magic Touchpad or similar surface (see below image), suggesting that Mac OS X 10.7 will have touch-features that have been speculated to exist with future incarnations of an iMac touch, MacBook touch, both with Mac OS X + iOS integration.
I wouldn’t be surprised if iOS took over for Dashboard as a feature-rich layer on top of Mac OS X.
Thoughts from around the Apple Web
- LoopInsight confirms the event will include “a sneak peek of the next major version of Mac OS X.”
- 9to5Mac emphasizes the touchpad appearance of the invite, then goes on to cite a quote from Steve Jobs about how multitouch will simplify “the process of controlling a computer.”
- DaringFireball guesses we’ll see a new MacBook Air at the event
- MacStories posts some hopes and predictions, including a Mac App Store, Finder revamp, touch interface, iOS integration, a 3G MacBook Air, amongst other ideas.
- AppleInsider speculates on a preview of Mac OS X 10.7, a new MacBook Air, and the release of iWork and iLife ’11.
- Several commenters speculate iLife ’11, iWork ’11, new MacBooks, and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will be released or unveiled, making it a big day for the Mac platform