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.