Mark Gurman, reporting that OS X Yosemite will likely be coming at the end of October, alongside:

Also in the cards for the Mac side, sources say, are at least a couple of next-generation Mac lines. Sources say that Apple is finishing up work on both a smaller MacBook with a high-resolution display and a new desktop computer, either an iMac or a standalone monitor, with a 4K resolution screen.

The new MacBook will include a Retina Display that is approximately 12-inches diagonally and it will include a much thinner and slightly lighter aluminum body, the sources said. Apple believes that this new Retina MacBook will be a significant step forward in the laptop industry, and it is currently unclear if Apple will label this machine as a smaller MacBook Pro, a new MacBook Air, or as an entirely new line.

Yes, my mythical perfect last laptop. And a 4K monitor (maybe iMac?) to boot — answering this question (though the “retina” question remains). Hold on to your butts.

David Pierce:

From a non-video perspective, the Mac Pro is in general very fast: once we switched the Sharp monitor’s refresh rate from 30Hz to 60Hz, absolutely everything felt smooth and fluid. (OS X is comically small on a 4K monitor, however.) The machine boots in a surprisingly slow 35 seconds, resumes from sleep very quickly, and it’s nearly always clear there’s plenty of power at your disposal while the Pro quietly hums along.

Two surprises here:

1) That it takes that long to boot — far longer than my MacBook Air.

2) That OS X isn’t yet better tailored for 4K monitors, despite that being a selling point of this machine.

Of course, the selling point of this machine is that it can power 4K monitors, but Apple doesn’t (yet) make one of these, so maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised at this oversight. I suspect 2014 will see Apple remedy both of these things: an OS X that is 4K-ready and a 4K display for this Mac Pro.

The real question: will the iMac be able to go 4K this year under the “retina” moniker? I imagine that it’s a slam dunk that the MacBook Air will get a retina upgrade this year, but is it still too cost prohibitive for its consumer-class brother with a far larger screen? 

As all the Mac Pro reviews have made very clear, this device is not consumer-class given its price, so I imagine Apple has far more wiggle room here to release a large retina display at an even larger price point.

jasonpbecker asked:

Would you say that what Apple's earnings reveal is releasing the new iMac may have been a mistake? Yield/manufacturing capacity wasn't sufficient to meet demand, even without evidence of a massive bump due to the new form factor. Given the massive change to the rest of the lineup, maybe Apple should have held off on iMac form factor updates until Q1 or Q2 2013 or released a more modest change.

If you’re thinking from a pure investor standpoint, that’s probably a fair assessment. Apple clearly slipped up from a supply standpoint and, as a result, it partially screwed up their earnings. But Apple has a history of shipping products when they’re ready not when Wall Street would like them. I think to do the latter would be a huge mistake, obviously.

There’s no question that Apple screwed up here, but they perhaps should have pushed the iMac slightly to meet consumer demand, not Wall Street.