“Apple has become the fourth biggest laptop manufacturer in the US – even as strong rumours predict the company will refresh its laptop range at a special event on October 14,” Jonny Evans reports for Macworld UK.

“Daring Fireball’s John Gruber last night claimed an insider source had let him know to expect the company’s new range of Mac laptops will be introduced at a special event on October 14,” Evans reports.

“Speaking of Macs, contrary to speculation, there were no announcements regarding new Mac notebooks. Such speculation was misguided; Apple has held an iPod/music special event in September or October every year since 2001, and, to my knowledge, has never once used such events to announce new Mac hardware. Those of you holding out for a new lineup of MacBooks will have to wait until October 14, according to sources who, as they say, are familiar with Apple’s hardware plans.”

More in the full article, including rumors of a Mac mini upgrade, here.