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Apple Already Toying With Mac OS X 10.8

Google Analytics can sometimes reveal some interesting information as tech website Cult of Mac discovered. The news website (opens in new tab) managed to track Apple's followup to its current Lion OS, Mac OS X 10.8, in its analytics logs.

Interestingly, Apple seems to have been testing OS X 10.8 since earlier this year but it appears to have become more common only a few weeks ago, meaning a more widespread phase of internal testing.

Cult of Mac reckons that Apple may call the next version of Mac OS X, Manticore, although there's a growing number of its users who want it to be named Sabertooth.

Apple released Mac OS X Lion back in July 2011 which was first unveiled at Apple's "Back to Mac" event in October 2010.

Lion was the first Apple OS that adopted a number of iOS features like a navigable display of installed applications and support for Mac App Store.

It is also the first mainstream OS that is primarily distributed as a download via Mac App Store. Users can also download it instore from Apple Stores or as a $69 USB Flash drive.

It is likely that Mac OS X 10.8 will be closing the gap even more between the desktop Mac OS X and iOS 5. Expect the update to be released sometime towards the middle of next year.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.