Mac OS X 10.9 release date, rumors and leaked images

“It’s been more than a year since Apple surprised developers and analysts by debuting a preview of OS X Mountain Lion, then announcing that it was shifting to an annual release schedule for its Mac operating system.,” Malcolm Wilde reports for Macworld UK.

“We’ve been left wondering where the next operating system is, and some have suggested that Apple is running behind, as the company offered registered developers their first look at OS X Mountain Lion on 16 February, ahead of a July ship date,” Wilde reports. “Mac OS X 10.9 data has been spotted in analytics logs across the web since as far back as October 2012.”

Wilde reports, “Many people expected Apple’s Mac OS X 10.9 to have made an appearance by now, with most forecasting a February preview of the operating system, followed by a public release towards the middle of the year. Mountain Lion’s schedule followed this timeline, and 2011’s Lion release also followed a similar schedule. Assuming Apple announced a preview of OS X 10.9 this month, and stuck to the time lines from the previous two years, the public release of the upgrade would arrive in August.”

Read more in the full article here.

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Macs running OS X 10.9 appear in analytics logs – November 6, 2012


    1. Can’t see RDJ but do have ‘Why shampoos are a waste of money’ though can’t say I’ve clocked on it.

      Hope OSX 10.9 is better than the current iteration that’s for sure.

    1. Point taken.

      However, as has been pointed out endlessly here: A Cougar is a Mountain Lion. There is no distinction as a species. Therefore, we already have OS X Cougar.

      Nonetheless, nothing is stopping Apple from just using the name ‘Cougar’ without paying attention to taxonomy. These really are ONLY reference names during development. The reason Apple decided to use them in public is because the public liked them and used them as well.

  1. What a stupid article by Macworld. It says leaked images in the headline, but has nothing to show, only asking to come back as often as possible to check back. Stupid stupid stupid.

    Also the rumors are poor. Easy to say that Siri and Maps may find its way into OSX. However I personally would much more need a rewritten finder with tabbed mode and full screen and so on.

    1. Hey, I had a Manx many years ago. She was a stray and my Mom let her in, though none of us really cared for cats. That Manx was awesome and playful, yet she’d sit on the front fence and hiss at any dog that happened by. It’s fun to watch a Manx run as their hind legs are a bit longer than their fronts and they kind of lope along. Quiet, too, unlike those yowling Siamese…

  2. Another tweak – this one moving further and further away from serious computing and embracing the iOS world of gadgets – a failed strategy and yet, under Tim Cook, it continues. Failed, you ask? Well, earnings tanking, AAPL collapsed, nobody really believing in the possibility of something breakthrough or a recommitment to go after the untapped, incalculable market for serious corporate and government demand for serious computers… well, you decide. But, “failed” is the right way to characterize the once great company.

    1. With the elimination of the XServe, it appears to me that Apple is merely better aligning itself as a consumer products company rather than a maker of enterprise computing.

      If one looks at growth trends in addition to earning, I think it looks like the strategy is growing Apples adoption even though the technology market is still rather soft.

      I’m not sure it’s a big a failure as you posit.

  3. I don’t understand why Apple can’t release feature – such as Maps, Siri, Messges – just as apps that can run on all recent versions of OSX rather than making it a new OS. With each new iteration, developers have to upgrade their apps, and in my experience it is rarely a smooth experience especially for people that use their Macs for business who require stability. The only reason for an annual release cycle us to tantalise consumers to entice them to buy the next shiniest thing. Some of us need to get work done on Macs and would rather settle for stability. A 2 year release cycle is ideal, except for cashing in on people that constantly need the latest and greatest. Oh, call me a cynic, but the reason Apple creates a new OS every year is that it can outdate a segment of older Macs each year, thus forcing people to buy and upgrade their hardware. It is absolutely sick that Apple would compromise the stability of its OS just to create an artificial cycle that forces people to buy new hardware.

    1. Mountain lion will fully operate and run smoothly on an iMac, model Mid-2007. So explain then who exactly Apple is leaving out by supporting hardware that is over 5 years old??? And no one told you that you MUST upgrade anything to continue to get your work done. Most professionals, at least those that are most productive rarely change their hardware and software set up once it does the job. Ever hear the phrase, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it…” ? I run a Mac Pro from 2008 with various media and production software and it all runs flawlessly in Snow Leopard. I even upgraded to a new piece of software and it also runs fine in in 10.6.8 though it was clearly developed with 10.8 features in mind. Am I missing out? Maybe, but I could care less and I do what works. Most people who share your sentiments are are just envious of not having the newest thing but who cares?

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