“With so much time elapsing since the last appearance of an influx of new Macs, questions have arisen about Apple’s commitment to the platform. It’s made worse by published reports of an up to 13% dip on Mac sales in the September quarter,” Gene Steinberg writes for The Tech Night Owl. “Compare that to the report that some PC makers actually reported slight increases for the same period.”

“I grant that a lot of my readers pay attention when new Macs arrive from Apple,” Steinberg writes. “They receive regular coverage across the world, even when the news is announced via a press release rather than a media event of some sort. But I also suspect most people who want to buy a new computer don’t wait for the new model to arrive, unless it appears imminent. Otherwise sales would be stacked in a short period across the year, and that’s not what is happening.”

“Still, there are question marks about how much Apple is willing to invest in the Mac platform,” Steinberg writes. “Other than the MacBook, which was refreshed earlier this year, there have only been rumors about one model, amounting to a major MacBook Pro revision. Supposedly it’ll be thinner and lighter, sporting a context-sensitive OLED strip that replaces the function keys… There is that recent email reportedly from Tim Cook, not officially confirmed, in which new Macs were promised. For the sake of argument, I’ll accept that the message as real, since Apple hasn’t denied it. And it does make sense that new Macs would arrive this month.”

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MacDailyNews Take: That damnable little birdie keeps telling us “Soon.”

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