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OS X 10.9, the next major revision to Apple’s operating system for Macs internally codenamed ‘Cabernet’, is up for introduction later this year, according to a well-informed writer. Specifically, Apple is apparently bringing more of core iOS features to its desktop operating system.

This entails stuff like iOS style multitasking that should prove functional by allowing background tasks to pause like on the iPhone and iPad. Finder, the Mac’s long-standing default file manager, is understood to gain power features such as tabbed browsing modes and tags.

An enhanced Safari browser is thought to include a redesigned backend for improved page loading, speed and efficiency, which reminds us a lot of Turbo browsing mode from the Opera mini browser

While OS X Mountain Lion brought a number of stock iOS apps over to the Mac, like Notification Center, Messages, Notes, Reminders, Game Center and AirPlay, additional iOS elements in OS X 10.9 are focused more on system fundamentals rather than on end-user apps.

Knowledge of these tidbits came via the usually accurate Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, who quoted unnamed sources in his Monday article.

As for the new multitasking capabilities, Apple is apparently refining the experience with iOS style multitasking architecture, Gurman writes:

Apple could use app-pausing technologies from iOS to pause background application processes in OS X. This is significant as full performance could be given to foreground apps, which could help optimize battery life on Apple’s notebook computers.

He also notes that it’s unclear at this stage whether or not the feature will make the cut for 10.9′s public release later this year. OS X 10.9, he further noted, likely won’t be “an overhauled approach to how the operating system feels and functions.”

Other features being mentioned include a Mission Control tweak so users can run full-screen apps on external monitors and keep a different Space open on a different monitor.

This will no doubt be appealing to the types who run full-screen apps in multiple monitor setups. Minor user interface tweaks are being mulled as well, but nothing too drastic.

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OS X 10.9 is also believed to include Siri alongside a standalone Maps application, but last year’s management shakeup means anything on the roadmap prior to it “could have been altered,” according to a person familiar with the situation quoted by Gurman.

Apple in a press release announcing WWDC 2013 wrote it “can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X” into the hands of developers at WWDC, indicating its registered developers will likely get a preview build of iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 at the conference.

According to the well-informed Apple pundit John Gruber, the company had to move resources away from OS X 10.9 development in order to finish iOS 7 in time for a Fall release. This is a repeat of 2007 when Apple delayed OS X Leopard until October because it had to “borrow” developers from the OS X team for iOS development.

Gurman also filed another report today, claiming that iOS 7 codenamed ‘Innsbruck’ will lose “all signs of gloss, shine and skeumorphism.” One source framed iOS 7 as having “a level of ‘flatness’ approaching recent releases of Microsoft’s Windows Phone ‘Metro’ UI”.

By the way, if you’re wondering about that OS X 10.9 codename, Cabernet is a superior type of red wine made from grapes grown especially in the Bordeaux region of France and northern California.

As for Innsbruck, it’s the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol in western Austria.

So, who’s excited about the upcoming OS X and iOS releases?

Image top of post via Charmanderfan7.

  • Christian, how about making a poll where we can vote for what we think is the upcoming name of the next OSX? 😀 OSX Jynx would be cool :p

  • Timothy

    I. Cannot. Wait.

  • Sounds like a service pack update, yet you’re gonna have to pay for it…like always

    • Prasoon Singh

      It’s called rumors for some reason. They could bring a new user interface as well. Who knows.

      • point to be noted.

        Mac and iOS always go hand-in-hand

    • At least I’ll only pay around $30, and not more than $100, which is how much Microsoft if asking for Windows 8. Linux, on the other hand… 😀

      • JamesR624

        Except Windows Service Pack upgrades are free.

      • Windows Service Packs are nothing but Installer packs of all previously released free patches and fixes, no new features added. (At least no significant new features.) They are equivalent to 0.0.1. versions of Mac OS.

      • Last time Microsoft included new features in a service pack was Windows XP SP2 from like 10 years ago.. lol LINUX FTW

      • Markus Hudobnik

        And windows doesn’t come out with a new OS every year like apple. Well, Microsoft is starting to do that now

    • its apple…. so ya

  • Prasoon Singh

    This is going to be exciting because I can actually watch it live for the first time. I can’t wait!

  • XtraFinder brings these features to OS X right now, and it all works great. Tabs, split view, up button, copy to and move to, extra context menu options…
    All of that completely free!

  • I’m hoping iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 actually match this time for an actual unified Apple ecosystem. Same design and better cross functionality. Same for the Apple TV, feels like the lone wolf barely getting anything new done to it beside some interface changes. Time for it to become more than a “hobby”.

    • Gorgonphone

      no cause IOS is boring..

  • iXanczy

    I had hoped iOS would end up more like OSX, not the opposite way around…

    • Gorgonphone

      exactly……. 100000000000% true

  • Guest

    Must be called OSX Gatito mew mew 😀

  • MarcPhilippeB

    Please, no windows phone style, please.

  • Damian W

    Can’t wait

  • Regardless of whether Apple release a new OS every year or so for pittence, i can justify spending this every now and then instead of 100+ for a version of windows every three years!

  • Gorgonphone

    ummm OIS multitasking suucks i had to install about 4 damn jailbreak tweaks to get my iphone and ipad to actually keep my apps running 9n the damn back ground.. i dont want it on my mac at all…. WTF is going on..

  • Gorgonphone

    i am getting a new 27″ top of the line imac tomorrow thank god it wont come with this bs..

  • How about no! Multitasking on iOS sucks. Just imagine the multitask bar on OS X!

  • Cabernet is not a wine is a type of grape. A grape that is one of the many available at any authentic Bordeux wine (appellation bordeaux controlee)


  • wot!?
    Multitask system like iOS??? please no, we had i7 quad-core is not enough? so we don’t need iOS like multitask on OS X! please NO!

  • milo

    Sea Lion? Liger? Bobcat? Snow Lion? Savannah Cat? Les Miserable Cat?