Apple news event rumor roundup

With an Apple news event only days away, rumors are rife as to what new delights will be unveiled to tempt people to part with their cash. Let's take a quick tour of what's being predicted.

With an Apple news event only days away, rumors are rife as to what new delights will be unveiled to tempt people to part with their cash. Let's take a quick tour of what's being predicted:

  • New Mac OS X 10.7 Lion The clue's on the invite sent out to journalists:
    See, we've had "Cheetah," "Puma," "Jaguar," "Panther," "Tiger," "Leopard" and "Snow Leopard" so the picture of a new cat is a pretty big clue to the fact that there's going to be some talk of a new OS. Don't get too excited though, this is going to be a preview ... the release could (and probably is) be about a year away.

    Probability of a Mac OS X 10.7 announcement: 99.9999%

  • New Mac hardware Remember, when Apple says "Mac," that means more than just the OS. Mac is hardware too. There's no doubt going to be hardware announcements, but Mac is a big hardware ecosystem so let's try to narrow things down.

    Probability of a Mac hardware announcement: 99.9999%

  • New MacBook Air This piece of hardware is overdue for a revamp as it was launched more than a year ago. Smaller, thinner, lighter, faster and with longer battery life and possibly a lighter price tag are the current best guesses out there. Also there's lot of chatter about a MacBook Air with a smaller screen.

    Probability of a MacBook Air announcement: 80%

  • New CPU and GPU options The hardware landscape has changed a lot lately, so I wouldn't be surprised to see new CPU and GPU offerings being announced.

    Probability of a CPU/GPU announcement: 65%

  • New software Lots of possibilities here - new iWorks, new iLife, Facetime coming to Macs ...

    Probability of a software announcement: 85%

  • White iPhone Nope, not yet ... maybe a mention or a tease, but nothing else.

    Probability of a white iPhone announcement: 5%

What do you want to see announced at the event?