Apple’s alleged September 10 press event is expected to be the OS X Mavericks release date, but Apple has seeded the 6th beta version of OS X 10.9 Mavericks to developers in the meantime. The beta 6 of Mavericks comes two weeks after the fifth preview, a pattern Apple has adopted in releasing betas for both Mavericks and iOS 7 in the weeks leading up to the consumer availability of both.
The beta is available via a software update and features only minor tweaks and bug fixers per usual. The fifth beta from two weeks ago afforded users iBook functionality and an upgrade for iPhoto, but little else to tease Apple devs.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks is expected to launch this fall but whether or not that coincides with the September 10 press event everyone but Apple seems to be anticipating remains to be seen. Though Apple usually follows a pattern when launching new products — namely its flagship lineup of mobile devices during an September event — preceding operating system OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion was released in July of 2012, not during the fall.
Among the major overhauls to be included upon the release of Mavericks is Apple Maps as the disappointing mapping app resulted in the ousting of iOS chief Scott Forstall last year. Plagued with poor navigation, warped 3D city and landscape, and a striking lack of Apple’s signature user-friendliness, the Maps feature is certainly neat the top of Apples to-do list.
At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) back in June, Apple showcased what it has planned for Maps and for Mavericks in general. Expect the GPS-based traveling guide to boast 3-D imaging of buildings and landmarks, which users can sync to their favorite locations and directions across all device.
Among the other improvements expected to come with the launch of Mavericks this fall include App Nap, Compressed Memory, Multitasking, Siri, and many more.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks is expected to launch this fall along with iOS 7, the next-gen iPad with Retina display, a possible iPad mini–though the iPad mini with Retina display likely won’t come into fruition until early 2014–the iPhone 5S, and the alleged low-costiPhone. Another item to keep an eye on is the purported iWatch. Patent photos andrecent hirings have led to significant speculation that Apple is gearing up for a smartwatch, though like the iPad mini with Retina display likely won’t launch until next year.