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by Tom Nelson

One of our favorite pastimes is predicting what new Mac-related goodies will be coming down the pipeline from Apple. Let’s start with an obvious prediction: Apple’s Campus 2 will definitely open in 2017. Then we’ll finally be able to say the mothership has landed.

The nickname comes from the main building on the campus. It’s going to look as if a spaceship has landed and nestled itself into the surrounding terrain.

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Apple expects Campus 2 to be up and running sometime in 2017. I imagine Tim Cook would love to give a few tours of the facility after WWDC 2017 so the summer developer’s conference may be a soft deadline for a ribbon cutting at Campus 2.

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by Tom Nelson

WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) 2016, the annual gathering of Apple developers in San Francisco, will hold its legendary keynote event June 13th at 10 AM (PDT), in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. This is a change from past keynotes, which were held at the Moscone West Convention Center.

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The move of the keynote to the Civic Auditorium is likely being done for both the size of the prospective crowd (the auditorium can hold 7,000 people), and the size of the announcements that will be made during the keynote.

The last time Apple used the Civic Auditorium was for the “Hey Siri” event in 2015.

The point being, using a large stage for the keynotes should mean some big announcements are coming from Apple, so here are some of the top rumors for WWDC, in regard to the Mac product lineup.

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by Tom Nelson

One of the tricks for getting insights into updated Apple product release dates is to keep an eye on Apple’s web store, and watch the delivery date estimates for standard builds of a product. A standard build should always be the same day, or at worst, 2 to 3 days. If the estimate goes out to 3 to 4 days, it could indicate a minor parts shortage. But if delays go out longer and stay in the longer range for more than a week or two, you may be looking at one of the indicators that Apple is getting ready to refresh a product.

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Apple likes to thin out inventory when a product update is about to be released. In this case, both stock versions of the 15-inch MacBook Pro have shipping estimates that range from 3 to 5 days, to 2 to 3 weeks. And those delays have been in place for a few weeks already. Likewise, one version of the stock non-Retina 27-inch iMac is also showing 1 to 2 weeks for a shipping estimate, while the Retina 5K iMacs remain available.

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by Tom Nelson

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is planning a media event for mid to late October, with the 21st being a likely date. Citing an internal source from Apple, AppleInsider claims that there are project schedules for various groups within Apple that all have a mid-October deadline.

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This makes perfect sense if the goal of the projects includes a product introduction at a late October media event. AppleInsider says its source is reliable, and I have no reason to doubt the unknown source or AppleInsider, as this information falls right in line with what is traditionally a time for Apple to make product announcements.

As for the products that will be seen on stage, it goes without saying that OS X Yosemite will be there, and likely a couple of new iPad models. Apple will likely be showing off iOS 8 on the iPads and OS X Yosemite, which has quite a few iOS 8 integration capabilities, including Handoff, that fundamentally change how a Mac, iPad, and iPhone work together. In the past, you simply synced basic app data, such as mail, contacts, and calendars. With Handoff, you can stop your work on one device, and pick up right where you left off on another; no files to sync, no apps to upload a document to the cloud and then download it; you’re right where you left off, ready to continue working.

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by Tom Nelson

Various rumor sources, including an Apple Store in China that accidentally hung a MacBook Pro display banner prematurely, indicate that Apple will be releasing updated MacBook Pros on Tuesday July 29, 2014. If true, the updates are likely to be minor speed bumps, using the recently announced Haswell processor updates that we reported on last Tuesday.

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The rumored update appears to be confined to 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display models, but that limitation could be based on the fact that the Apple Store in China hung only one banner before the manager noticed the mix-up. The 15-inch MacBook Pro would expand from two to three models, all of which would have 16 GB of RAM installed as part of their base configuration.

In addition, the Haswell processor refresh would bump current processor speeds by 200 MHz, giving us three MacBook Pro models with speeds of 2.2 GHz, 2.5 GHz, and 2.8 GHz.

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by Tom Nelson

Apple promised that there would be a public beta of OS X Yosemite available sometime this summer. This is only the second time Apple has offered a public beta of its flagship OS while the product was still under development. The original version of OS X was offered as a public beta/preview for $29.95 in September of 2000, with the full release version of OS X released in March of the following year. Unlike the original public beta, this one will be free.

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Apple was vague about when the public beta of OS X Yosemite would be made available, just “sometime this summer.” That gives Apple up to the middle of September to meet the deadline.

In following the development process of Yosemite, I thought an early August release of the beta would be likely. Today (07/21/2014) Apple released the fourth version of the developer preview. This preview includes some missing components that a public beta would need to have, including a new version of iTunes with the ability to share app purchases with family members, and a functioning OS X Yosemite Recovery system, similar to the Recovery HD service in recent versions of OS X.

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by Tom Nelson

According to rumors being whispered around Apple’s Cupertino campus, some iOS 8 developers are being reassigned to OS X 10.10 to ensure that it’s completed in time for a keynote reveal at WWDC 2014 in June.

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While it’s been expected that OS X 10.10 would have its first public showing at the developers’ conference, the major theme of the keynote is a bit of mystery, since both OS X and iOS are likely to be updated this year. The rumored reshuffling of the various development teams strongly suggests that the focus this summer will be on OS X 10.10.

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by Tom Nelson

Unconfirmed reports claim that new MacBook Airs are being stocked in Apple retail stores in time for a product release this week. Tuesday is Apple’s traditional day for product announcements, so all eyes will be on Apple tomorrow morning, waiting for a press release.

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It’s important to note that the source for this rumor hasn’t publicly come forward, and seems to be merely recirculating a report issued last week by MacGenerations, a French language site that predicted new MacBook Airs before the end of the month.

The 11.6-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs are both due for upgrades, having last been updated in June of 2013.

It’s been even longer since the MacBook Pro and Mac mini were updated, but this specific rumor suggests that the MacBook Air cut in front of them in line.

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by Tom Nelson

According to MacNN, Apple has been using shell companies – small corporate entities, in this case controlled by Apple – to file for trademarks that may be used as operating system names.

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Because OS X has been using names and version numbers since it was first released, we can assume that it’s the target for such recent trademark filings as:

  • Yosemite, Redwood, Mammoth
  • California, Big Sur, Pacific

MacRumors discovered additional trademark filings:

  • Diablo, Miramar, Rincon, El Cap
  • Farallon, Tiburon, Monterey
  • Skyline, Shasta, Sierra

While we’re pretty sure that OS X is in line for some of these names, it’s entirely possible that Apple will also give iOS a public moniker, one more interesting than just its current version number.

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by Tom Nelson

The Mac mini is getting very long in the tooth; October 2012 was the last time it was updated. On average, the Mac mini is updated just a tick less than once a year. It’s now been nearly a year and a half since the last update, which makes me wonder what Apple has been doing with the Mac mini during that time.

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The Mac mini is not only the least expensive desktop Mac, but also a popular choice for many businesses and former PC users who want a powerful Mac, but who don’t want or need the added cost of an iMac’s built-in display, or a Mac Pro’s raw processing power.

Mac pundits, including myself, expected an updated Mac mini sometime in early 2014, which would have met the normal upgrade cycle. Apple could easily throw in a new Intel Haswell processor upgrade, and Intel Iris or Iris Pro graphics, without breaking a sweat. This hasn’t happened, so what’s going on?

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