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Reports tip late October release for new Apple Mac OS X Mavericks

Apple is expected to release OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the company's next-generation Mac operating system, at the end of next month.

The Cupertino-based company is likely to stick to tradition and release the new OS the day after its fourth-quarter earnings announcement set for the second half of October, 9to5Mac reported this week, citing anonymous sources.

Apple took the wraps off of Mavericks in early June at its World Wide Developer Conference, offering a preview version to developers before the general release this autumn. The last update to Mac OS X — Mountain Lion — debuted in July, with a heavy focus on iCloud and integration with Apple's iOS-based iPhone and iPad products.

Veering away from its usual gallery of cat names — the last run of OS X updates brought us Mountain Lion, Jaguar, and Snow Leopard — Mavericks was named instead after the famous big-wave surfing break near Apple's headquarters in Northern California.

So what should we expect to find in the final release of Mavericks? For starters, the OS now includes Finder Tabs, which allow users to draw all windows together — not to be confused with Tags, which allow for tailored files. In addition to location and name, users can add customised tags.

There is also better support for multiple displays and full-power connectivity for those with AirPlay-connected HDTVs.

Apple has declined to comment on the rumours; no official launch date has been revealed.

A late-October release leaves Apple with plenty of time to court mobile users with this week's expected launch of iOS 7 and a new iPhone, perhaps with a golden touch. Last week, the company released colourful press invites for a 10 September event at its Cupertino headquarters. The various hues hinted at a new lineup of smartphones that finally step away from the traditional black-and-white colour schemes.

The event starts at 6pm our time, and ITProPortal will be on hand with everything that happens.

Apple has also recently revealed plans to launch a lineup of new computers, including updated versions of the Mac Pro, iMac, and MacBook Pro.

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