Apple hasn’t said much about its next Mac operating system since it announced the software in June, but a new tip suggests it could launch next month. Sources with “knowledge of the launch plans” allegedly told 9to5Mac that OS X 10.9 Mavericks will roll out at the end of October.
Although some expect the Mac software refresh to be released in conjunction with iOS 7, which will likely hit iOS devices this month, Apple’s history suggests a different launch pattern. As 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman acknowledges, Apple has previously released new operating systems such as OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion following an earnings release. Apple traditionally reveals its Q4 earnings during the second half of October, which would line up with 9to5Mac’s alleged tip for the OS x 10.9 Mavericks launch.
Apple introduced its next-generation Mac operating system at its WWDC conference in June, unveiling a slew of new features. The OS comes with additions such as support for multiple displays, the ability to organize and tag files just like Evernote, and a Maps app that can interact with your iPhone.
Mavericks has been in a beta stage since June, but the most recent developer preview edition arrived earlier this week. The newest seed comes with numerous performance enhancements, which could mean that a mainstream launch is closing in.
While we’re expecting to hear more about OS X 10.9 in October, Apple is rumored to announce its new additions to the iPhone family next week at its Sept. 10 media event.