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Mac OS X 10.9 tested by Apple ready for 2013 release date?

Mac OS X 10.9 is reportedly being tested by Apple and is appearing in the server logs of major websites. Could this see Mountain Lion's successor launch in 2012?

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Server logs for a number of websites have revealed that OS X 10.9 is potentially being used by Apple ahead of a release in 2013. Mac Rumors and 9to5Mac have both seen their websites accessed by Macs running OS X 10.9 with some visits originating from servers known to belong to Apple. Although faking a computer’s operating system is possible, the fact that some of these visits are believed to have originated from Apple themselves would suggest that at least a proportion are genuine.

Although OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion was only released three months ago on 25th July, it marked a change in Apple’s approach to its OS X release cycle, with only OS X 10.7 Lion released just a year earlier. This puts OS X 10.9 on track for a Summer 2013 release (with the possibility of a developer preview being announced during next year’s WWDC). Although little is known about what features or improvements Apple might include in the next major release of OS X, it looks like they’ve began some early testing in Cupertino.

A yearly release cycle for OS X might seem a little aggressive, but with Mountain Lion costing just £13.99/$19.99, Apple have certainly made staying up to date far more affordable than the days Leopard where a single user licence would set you back $129.

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