It may be late in 2009, but there's no discernible end-of-year sluggishness to on the part of those at Apple reportedly working on the first external builds of Mac OS X 10.6.3. The update to Snow Leopard's operating system could arrive as early as this week, although no one knows for sure what changes the update will bring with it.
According to Apple Insider:
People familiar with the matter say the forthcoming builds are likely to be released to some developers in the next 48 hours, and carry the expected prefix of 10Dxx. It is not yet known what issues Apple hopes to address with the latest update.
The new update comes only weeks after the last, which was aimed at correcting a host of nagging problems, one of which was responsible for deleting user account data. As some will recall, the previous update was in beta for approximately one month before its early November release.
Updates for Snow Leopard thus far have come quickly. The new operating system, released at the end of August, saw the 10.6.1 update arrive less than two weeks later. The next build took about two months before it was released.
Apple Insider is also reporting that checks within the company's chain have led one analyst - that's right, one analyst - to believe that a tablet will launch from Apple in March or April and carry with it a 10.1-inch LCD screen.