Is Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) surreptitiously testing betas of its next generation operating system for Macs, OS X 10.9?
Should Investors Buy AAPL After The Recent Slump? Find Out Here
AppleInsider said in a report recently that it has seen more than 30 total visits from machines listed as running the as-yet unannounced new operating system from Apple.
"A handful of machines running Intel-based OS X 10.9 Macs have also been sighted elsewhere on the Web," the report said.
Such beta tests are not unknown in the tech world where companies resort to a variety of means to gauge customer response as well as to find to what kind of glitches the new operating systems are likely to have.
According to Apple Insider, "While such information can be faked, the growing number of appearances of systems claiming to run OS X 10.9 could indicate that Apple is already testing early betas of the next major update to its Mac operating system."
Apple usually upgrades its Mac operating system once a year. The latest operating system OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion was released in July this year.
For an upgrade to be available next year the company needs to start testing its new version right away.
"It's currently unknown whether the next major version of OS X, which remains unofficial and unnamed, will debut in the summer of 2013, about a year after the launch of Mountain Lion," AppleInsider said.
"OS X 10.8 got off to a strong start this year for Apple, with 7 million upgrades sold in less than two months."