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OSX 10.9 release is near?

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May 13, 2011
Apple bug report hints developers may receive near-final build of OS X 10.9 at WWDC
The details come from a Webkit bug report submitted through Apple's own Radar system, first noticed by AppleInsider reader Tom. The filing references an operating system build number of 13A451, with the first three characters suggesting the software is OS X 10.9, and the latest three digits referring to the internal build number.

Those last three digits — "451" — imply that Apple's number of private test builds of OS X 10.9 have achieved a relatively high amount for an upcoming operating system.

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."

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 purported build number could indicate that the software is nearing a final release, even before it has been unveiled to third-party developers.
- It would reveal that Apple has been at work — and compiling more builds — with OS X 10.9 than Mac OS X 10.8.
- It could mean that one of the most critical components of OS X is seeing a major overhauled in 10.9, which would presumably explain the need to run through more builds than usual ahead of its announcement.

Interesting article on appleinsider. What do you think? Already 451 builds for a beta is kinda 'strange'. Maybe this is the reason why the beta's from 10.8.3 took so long..
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