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Apple Release Patterns

 

Updated 12/30/13

Click to see each version: iOS - MacBooks - Desktop Macs - All Apple Products

Apple's customers and the press expect new hardware product updates for each product category from Apple every year, but Apple's corporate secrecy makes it difficult to predict when new products will be released.  Complicated, scattered data, put together here for easy reference.  Starting with data from 2007, these designs use an annual calendar data visualization to clearly show both product announcements and release dates for Apple's major products.  The patterns were easier to understand when the product categories were broken apart into separate infographics.

Bookmark and return to this page in the future as it will be updated as new products are announced and released.  Please share any suggestions or feedback for future revisions in the comments on the blog post.

 

 

iOS Release Patterns

In the last few years, Apple has been shifting the release dates for all iOS devices to the Sep-Oct timeframe.  You can also see an emerging pattern of an announcement one week, and the products released the following Friday.

Apple iOS Release Patterns infographic 

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MacBook Release Patterns

MacBook Pros have been regularly getting two releases/updates each year, but MacBook Airs only get one.

Apple MacBook Release Patterns infographic

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Desktop Mac Release Patterns

No discernible patterns for desktop Macs.  I know the new Mac Pro will start shipping in Dec 2013, but no official date has been announced.

 Apple Desktop Mac Release Patterns infographic

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Apple Combined Release Patterns

Here is one showing all of the Apple products together.  Although the individual patterns are hard to identify, in aggregate you can see that Apple avoids any product launches during Nov-Dec.  You can also observe a fairly even distribution of product releases through each year.

Apple Total Combined Release Patterns infographic

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