With all eyes on Apple's event next week when Apple is expected to introduce new iPhones, rumors abound that Apple will release iOS 7 this month. Now word has come forth that Apple plans to release the next version of OS X, Mavericks, in October. Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac reports that Mavericks is expected for release at the end of October.
OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion were both released right after Apple earnings calls. Apple will next report its quarterly financial earnings in October. If past is prologue, that timeline certainly fits.
Mavericks was announced at WWDC at the same time as iOS 7 this past June. The new operating system doesn't have the radical visual makeover that iOS 7 has, but incorporates many under-the-hood enhancements to improve battery efficiency, memory use and performance. Mavericks users will be getting a variety of usability enhancements, too, in the form of iBooks support, a Maps app, tabbed Finder windows and more.
Rumors have circulated that iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks would be released simultaneously or nearly simultaneously, but that doesn't track with Apple's past activity. It makes a lot more sense for Apple to hold off on releasing Mavericks until it's ready to ship new Macs, and last year the company offered new models in October.
iOS 7 has clearly been the priority at Apple, and that shouldn't be any surprise. After all, iOS and the devices that operate it are Apple's crown jewels. But Mavericks isn't getting short shrift. Apple hasn't promised a specific release date for Mavericks - it's said since announcing the new operating system that it would ship "this fall." October is still fall.