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  • OS X 10.9 Build Number Suggests Devs May Receive Near-Final Build of New OS X at WWDC


    Although many people expected Apple to follow last year’s pattern and release a developer preview of OS X 10.9 early this year ahead of a summer public launch, the company has remained essentially silent about its plans for its next-generation Mac operating system. The silence doesn’t mean that Apple hasn’t been working hard on the project since it first started showing up last fall.

    As noted by AppleInsider, circumstantial evidence of Apple’s work showed up in a WebKit bug report early last month revealing that version of OS X 10.9 in testing was Build 13A451. According to Apple’s build number scheme, “13” refers to OS X 10.9, “A” refers to the 10.9.0 version, and “451” is part of a sequential numbering of compiled builds. It is currently being speculated that the relatively advanced “451” build number as of early May could indicate that Apple would be able to deliver a fairly mature version of OS X 10.9 to developers at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week, although there is no formal evidence for such a claim.

    The initial developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion arrived as Build 12A128p in February 2012, with Apple releasing several additional builds to developers before releasing it to the public as Build 12A269 in July of that year. OS X Lion apparently spent a longer time in development but a similar amount of time in developer testing, originally beginning developer seeding with Build 11A390 in February 2011 before having launched to the public as Build 11A511 roughly five months later.

    The Cupertino California company indicated when it launched that its first developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion last year that it was shifting to a more rapid yearly development cycle for OS X in order to bring more features to consumers at a faster rate. With Apple yet to have begun seeding developers with versions of OS X 10.9 and the company reportedly having pulled engineers from OS X to work on iOS 7, there have been several questions about how closely Apple will be able to stick to its yearly release plan. Ultimately we’ll have to wait and see.

    Source: WebKit via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: OS X 10.9 Build Number Suggests Devs May Receive Near-Final Build of New OS X at WWDC started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. nate4379's Avatar
      nate4379 -
      Bet $100 that one apple will refresh their macbooks AND include a new thunderbolt 2 port
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by nate4379 View Post
      Bet $100 that one apple will refresh their macbooks AND include a new thunderbolt 2 port
      Thunderbolt 2 ports aren't available yet... They are coming in future haswell processors. I'll take the bet.
    1. nealh's Avatar
      nealh -
      While a new version of the thunderbolt is nice, there are so few referrals to use with it it has little benefit
      I realize Intel is being careful to have manufacturers only make quality accessories the adoption of it is so slow it's ridiculous
      That's just my opinion
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Thunderbolt 1 adoption is going so slow releasing thunderbolt 2 would be pointless.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by fanboyfanboy View Post
      Thunderbolt 1 adoption is going so slow releasing thunderbolt 2 would be pointless.
      I don't think it would be pointless. Thunderbolt 2 allows transfers of 4k resolutions. While 4k monitors aren't that popular right now, in 5 years the prices will begin to drop and you will see more 4k options out in the world. Apple likes to stay current and since laptops last about 5 years, there would be no reason they wouldn't ingrate it now except for the fact that intel didn't build it into the first batch of haswell processors.
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      I don't think it would be pointless. Thunderbolt 2 allows transfers of 4k resolutions. While 4k monitors aren't that popular right now, in 5 years the prices will begin to drop and you will see more 4k options out in the world. Apple likes to stay current and since laptops last about 5 years, there would be no reason they wouldn't ingrate it now except for the fact that intel didn't build it into the first batch of haswell processors.
      I guess, but IMO laptops last only 2-3 years, desktops last 5-6 though