It appears that some Macs are already running Apple’s next-generation operating system, OS X 10.9, as seen everywhere on the Web. In fact, Apple-related news website AppleInsider reported yesterday that they have seen over 30 total visits in their online tracking log from machines running the said OS for the past few weeks.
Aside from AppleInsider, a Czech website also reported that they are receiving visits from users running Intel-based OS X 10.9 Macs. There’s also the 9to5Mac and MacRumors that shows indication of the purported software in their online tracking log.
Apple: Testing Early Betas of OS X 10.9
Although such information can be faked, the increasing number of OS X 10.9’s appearance can be an indication that Apple is testing early betas of the OS.
In relation to this, the Cupertino-based company has been updating the OS X on an annual basis. Not to mention that they are working towards a more rapid development cycle on their Mac OS. The OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion was released last July, following the OS X Lion that was launched on July 2012.
Prior to that, the OS X Snow Leopard became available in August of 2009, while OS X 10.5 Leopard saw its initial release in October 2007.
As of the moment, it is unknown whether the next major update of OS X will debut on summer 2013, just a year after Mountain Lion was rolled out. The upcoming software update is also yet to be named. On the other hand, OS X 10.8 went off with a good start, with 7 million upgrades sold in less than two months.
Last September, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced during their special media event that their Mac was able to capture 27 percent of the overall PC market. It has also seen 15 percent annual growth since the latest Mac was launched last June, which includes the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Speculations and Expectations
Although the next OS X is yet to be named, some users are starting to speculate that it will be labeled as OS XI. However, some are still thinking that the software will be named after another cat like “Thundercat.”
Aside from the discussion about the name, users also voiced out their expectations for the upcoming OS. A big part of it is the integration OS X and iOS, thus the moniker OS XI. Nevertheless, it is also exciting to see whether Apple will continue with their naming scheme or jump to a new system entirely.