There are five lines of Macs (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, Mac Pro), and AFAIK Apple has almost always updated only one at a time, leaving the others a bit behind.

Now, it should be easy to keep track of the most recently updated, hence the odds of an update for the older models increases, and this is what I would call an "informed speculation" at a very basic level.

Is there any site which aims to keep tracks of these updates, and possibly adds commentary on product line changes?

  • I would disagree with the characterization that an update to a Mac Pro somehow leaves an Air behind. They serve different needs. Just because a new pickup truck is released, that doesn't obsolete a line of motorcycles and cars. What's the problem you are trying to solve by knowing the release cycle of all OS X hardware? Is there something tying these together which you can elaborate?
    – bmike
    Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 18:58
  • @bmike if you buy a Mac the day before that model gets upgraded, you will basically have an inferior product spending the same amount of cash. Hence, you can say that the real value of a Mac decreases with time from release to the upgrade. As soon as it's released it's at full value, so if you instead buy something else, you get a product which isn't at full value instead. This is what I meant, hope it's clear now.
    – o0'.
    Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 19:11
  • Your comment seems to steer this further off course for the site. If you look at the help center - you'll see we ask "You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face." and avoid hardware shopping questions. This seems over-broad, overly speculative without some edits to narrow the scope of the problem to be solved here.
    – bmike
    Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 21:10
  • @bmike but... this is answerable, and has been answered...
    – o0'.
    Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 21:13
  • Please open a thread on Ask Different Meta if the close reason doesn't make sense...
    – bmike
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 4:56

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MacRumors Buyer's Guide seems to provide the best predictions for updates. They use the average timescale for updates to provide a guess as to whether an update will come soon. They also include prominent rumours towards updates.

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