As many of you know by now, contrary to my recent article ‘Heading Over to the Dark Side‘ about moving away from Apples iPhone operating system and experiencing Android in any great anger, I am still a big fan of Apple’s products, including their very expensive Mac Pro starting at an eye-watering at $A3,999.00 and heading on up to their heart stopping $A5,299.00 for their 6-core system.
As much as I would like one of those, even their base Mac Mini at a little more reasonable $A749.00 is a little too expensive for me at the moment.
If you are familiar with this blog you will have read my tutorial ‘A Mac Pro at Quarter of the Price‘ where I go through selecting the correct hardware (similar to what Apple uses in their systems) to build yourself a powerful Mac Pro for a quarter of the price of buying a genuine Mac from them.
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Ever since OS X was released in 2001, Apple have used the names of big cats to give it a codename. We have seen, Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and the current version Mountain Lion (10.8). Which leaves only one version of Mac OS X to go (10.9).
Apple currently has two unused cat names trademarked, Lynx and Cougar. However, Cougar is really another name for a Mountain Lion, so this only leaves Lynx as the likely candidate. The website Applescoop.com is stated as having information from an internal Apple source, who has said they have had sight of internal paperwork finalizing the name of the up-coming operating system.
If Apple sticks to its traditional timing of unveiling new operating systems, we can expect a public viewing at its Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco in June 2013. We may even see early preview versions appearing in the first quarter of 2013.
There is little known about what features are expected in version 10.9. It is however rumored that they will integrate Siri and Maps to the new build, which will follow Apple’s continuing theme of bringing more iOS features to its Operating System. It is believed that the Maps integration will simply be an API available to developers to integrate it to their applications. (I only hope they make a better version this time around and not have a repeat of the iPhone and iPad debacle).
As you continue to read this (in replace of a better word) blog, you will very quickly begin to realize that I am somewhat of an Apple fanboy and own several items of Apple hardware.
- iMac 17″ Core2Duo (2006) – Now Sold
- MacBook Pro Core2Duo (2006) Laptop
- AppleTV (First Generation)
- iPhone 4
- iPod 5th Generation
Some would have you believe that I am made of money and will buy anything that has newly been released. Trust me, this is something of a myth and this is reflected in the age of the computer hardware that I have mention above.
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