Apple, in addition to crafting a number of outstanding products, is known for cultivating an air of paranoid-level secrecy around its new products. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. So it’s a little bit hilarious that this time around, they’re the ones who leaked their own products.
The biggest product to get shown off is probably the all new Cinema Display. Well, mostly all new Cinema Display. Well actually, it’s the same old Cinema Display, but this one has had its mini-DisplayPort port swapped out for some hot Thunderbolt action. Even though the pictures that were tossed up (whether accidentally or on purpose, it isn’t known – but they’ve definitely been removed from the Apple website now) only showed the front of the display, one image in particular gave it all away.
Only the Thunderbolt-equipped monitors will support daisy-chaining like the above picture shows. Additionally, check out the background image being used as wallpaper. That’s actually the default background for Apple’s upcoming OS, OS X 10.7 – also known as Lion (the current release carries the moniker of Snow Leopard). The displays will very likely remain unchanged outside of the new high-speed interconnect.
Other images popped up on the Apple site too, though a bit tamer by comparison. Products, such as the famed iMac all-in-one, have already been updated with Lion background images to replace the Snow Leopard models. No new iMacs are expected any time soon, as Apple just added to the line this past May. Based on a few model number leaks from earlier in the week, however, we can probably expect to see Mac Mini and Mac Pro updates relatively soon, in addition to new Macbook /Pro/Air models.