A new report says that Apple’s next Mac OS X update will arrive in October, likely following the company’s earnings report for the fourth quarter of its 2013 fiscal year.
“Sources with knowledge of the launch plans” told 9to5 Mac that OS X 10.9 Mavericks will launch in late October, without actually providing a release date for Apple’s next-gen desktop OS.
The publication says that both OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion were released to the public a day after the company issued earnings results in past years, and that the same thing may happen with OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Apple is expected to reveal its financial details for Q4 FY2013 that ends in September at some point in mid-October.
The company already has a media event scheduled for September 10, during which it will unveil the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. The two new smartphones are likely to be launched in the weeks following the event, with September 20 being a potential launch date for the handsets.
iOS 7 will also be released around the same time, and some reports have suggested that Apple could release iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 Mavericks simultaneously.
Mavericks was introduced a few months ago at Apple’s WWDC 2013 event, being the company’s first OS X version to have a different name than the name of a cat.
When announcing it, the company did say that OS X 10.9 will arrive later this fall, without offering more launch details for it.
However, since then Apple has released no less than seven Developer Previews for OS X Mavericks.
In addition to having a new kind of name, OS X 10.9 comes with various new features and improvements, further building on what’s already available from Mountain Lion.
Apple’s Mavericks will have support for iBooks and will bring Apple’s Maps to the desktop. Support for advanced multiple displays is also included, as well as tabs in the Finder app and tags to help out with file management.
Apps like Safari and Calendar are also updated to offer a better experience, with the former also expected to offer an overall better performance.
Finally iCloud Keychain will offer better support for safeguarding passwords for various online services and the Mac’s Notifications will let you manage notifications without leaving apps.
Interestingly, OS X Mavericks is also supposed to be more energy-efficient than its predecessor, which should improve battery life on MacBook models.
Speaking of MacBooks, we’ll remind you that Apple has refreshed only its MacBook Air this year. A new Mac Pro is also expected this fall, and various rumors said that a 2013 MacBook Pro refresh is also in the cards.