Apple Bug Report Hints At OS X 10.9 Unveiling At WWDC 2013
June 8, 2013

Apple Bug Report Hints At OS X 10.9 Unveiling At WWDC 2013

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online

A bug report submitted through Apple´s own Radar system has led to speculation that the Cupertino, California-based tech giant will release a near-final build of OS X 10.9 at their upcoming Worldwide Developer´s Conference (WWDC 2013).

The bug report, which was first brought to the public´s attention by AppleInsider, references an operating system build number of 13A451.

The first three characters suggest that the software is OS X 10.9, reporter Neil Hughes explained. The final three digits likely refer to the internal build number, suggesting that there have been 451 private test builds of the upcoming operating system — a relatively high number for a pre-release OS, according to Hughes.

“For example, the Golden Master, or final release build, of last year's OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion was declared after only 269 builds. And the Golden Master of 10.6 Snow Leopard, another ℠minor´ OS X update, was build ℠432,´” he said. “Meanwhile, ℠major´ OS X releases saw higher build numbers. In 2007, OS X 10.5 Leopard reached ℠581´ before it achieved GM status, while in 2011 the GM of OS X 10.7 was ℠511.´”

The fact that the purported OS X 10.9 had reached the 451 build level as of May 8 -- more than a month before WWDC 2013 -- “could forecast a range of possibilities,” Hughes added. One of those possibilities, he said, is that this information could indicate that the operating system is nearing its final release before even being officially unveiled to Apple´s third-party developers.

“There are a couple other possibilities, however, including that Apple may simply be putting OS X 10.9 through more builds than Mountain Lion OS X 10.8 went through,” SlashGear´s Brittany Hillen said, “or that the expectation of no major overhauls is incorrect, with Apple instead using a higher number of builds than it typically does in light of a big change.”

The mystery will likely be solved on June 10, when the annual developer´s conference gets underway in San Francisco.

“The last two major OS X releases became available to the public in late July, with OS X 10.7 Lion hitting the Mac App Store on July 20, 2011,” Hughes said. “In the event that Apple were to follow the same release schedule this year, developers would have less than a month and a half to test OS X 10.9 after a presumed beta were to become available at WWDC.”