9to5mac is reporting that Apple has just called for one of the best signals that a new product is about to drop – an overnight work shift. Apple Retail stores around the globe are prepping for an “overnight” on July 13th. These overnight events are generally where the Cupertino juggernaut preps for new product releases – both in terms of stocking the items as well as training their staff on all that’s new.
Outside of the rumor cycle, for a second, it would be a good time for Apple to update several of their product offerings. The obviouschoice is that Mac OS X Lion is coming – we’ve known it for a while, and as the image above shows, Apple has committed to releasing the new OS sometime this summer. Check out our thoughts on some of the best new features in OS X Lion. So that’s one down.
A new MacBook Air – last year’s model isn’t quite a year old, but it wouldn’t be the first time that Apple has sped up a product release of one of its products – especially in the laptop market segment. The MacBook Air has a hard time getting really data onboard in a really fast manner – there’s no FireWire, Ethernet or USB 3.0; you’re limited to USB 2.0 and 802.11n. With that hot Thunderbolt port burning a hole in their pockets, a new MBA with a Thunderbolt high-speed interconnect would help cool things down.
We hope to see refreshes of Apple’s wayward desktop lineups. It’s true that their mobile devices are eating into their desktop sales numbers, but those sales aren’t exactly dwindling. A number of professional designers and modellers take advantage of the Mac Pro for their daily livelihoods, while the Mac Mini gets bought up by people looking to spend a little less cash or hook things up to a bigger display. Those two could also use a little Thunderbolt love, and it’s past time for both platforms to take advantage of new CPU and GPU achievements.
What about you? What would you like to see Apple release? Do you think new desktops are likely? New notebooks?