The longer-than-normal wait for the next version of OS X may soon be coming to an end. OS X 10.9, also known by its code name Mavericks, has now officially "gone gold" and is now available for Mac developers to download from Apple.
9to5Mac.com reports that the gold master for 10.9 is also available for Apple employees and AppleSeed users. This news likely means that the public launch of Mavericks will happen sometime late in October, as previously rumored.
Apple released the current version of OS X, Mountain Lion, in July 2012, but apparently Apple delayed the launch of Mavericks so that the company could concentrate most of its development resources to finish iOS 7, which was launched in September.
Apple first announced Mavericks in June as part of their WWDC event and is supposed to have a number of new features and improvements, including adding new native iBooks and Map apps, a way to store passwords called iCloud Keychain, better support for multiple monitors and more.
Apple is also expected to release a number of new Mac models this fall alongside the Mavericks launch. In fact, the company has been running a teaser video for its upcoming Mac Pro update in movie theaters for the last several months.
Source: 9to5Mac.com | Image via Apple