“They say politics makes for strange bedfellows, and in 2016 it seems we’re going for figurative and literal bedfellows with one so-called October Surprise after another,” Wil Gomez writes for Mac360.

“Well, here we are, October is moving quickly into the holiday shopping season and where are the Mac surprises? ” Gomez writes. “Apple must be working on something new to the Mac, right? After all, the Mac Pro has never seen an upgrade, the Mac mini remains mini everything, including power, and the MacBook Pro has become something of a public embarrassment because even Windows PC makers have premium models with better specifications.”

“What’s going on? At this point, anything new would be a surprise so why has it taken Apple so long to ready a new line of Macs?” Gomez writes. “Time is running out on Apple’s October Surprise.”

Different ideas about what’s going on in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Tick tock. Last minute, unforeseen production issues or will some new mac simply unceremoniously appear next week via press release?

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