Originally Posted by MartinMac
I am simply making what I believe to be a constructive suggestion which might help others in the future, and which might help us all to aid those newcomers who are trying to get to grips with not only a new way of working, but also a very different culture to that of Bill's army at Redmond Way.
It can be very frustrating. Apple does this because (and I quote) they like to 'surprise and delight' their users. A lot of the time it's just bitter disappointment but they do pull one out of the hat every so often that makes it worthwhile. There's no denying it gives them a hell of a lot of free publicity. Blogs all over the web jump every time the Apple Store goes down with the yellow sticker. I can't imagine any other online store in the world that would get treated like that.
Naturally people genuinely need information about updates so it leads people to follow trends and make conjectures. Sometimes the information available is enough that the projections are pretty assured. For example, I would strongly believe that Apple will update the MBP in either January or February and recommend that people hold off buying one now.
This is based on the following facts:
- Apple has never taken more than 10 months to update the MBP line
- Apple laptops make up 70% or more of their sales so are very important to keep updated
- Intel just released new CPUs and everyone else is updating to them
To me, this makes an update in the next few weeks almost a certainty. You're right that it would be wrong of me to say things like 'Apple will update the MBPs' as that would be misleading but people rely on strong conjectures to make decisions and those are often based on reliable evidence.
Software updates are the worst though because they have no dependencies. Hardware updates are easier because Apple essentially ships other people's hardware in a nice box. OS updates are not so bad as they are tested by developers but take guesses about software updates in general with a pinch of salt.