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Mac OS X 10.7 already in development?

updated 11:15 am EST, Wed November 18, 2009

OS likely to have major interface changes

Apple is in early development of the next major version of Mac OS X, evidence suggests. The information comes by way of the open-source launchd framework, which is used to boot Mac OS X and manage its processes. The framework's codebase was recently updated, and a posted changelog contains the entry "< rdar://problem/7386864> 11A47: SecurityAgent no longer visible via Accessibility."

The entry reflects the Apple identification scheme for OS builds, which includes a first number for major versions, a letter for minor versions, and a second number marking smaller iterations. The launch edition of Leopard was 9A571 for example, whereas Snow Leopard was 10A432. Mac OS X 10.6.2 is 10C540. The use of "11A47" in code not only indicates that Mac OS X 10.7 is under construction, but that the project is several weeks old.

It is generally assumed that v10.7 will mark a significant departure for the Mac OS, as Apple has long admitted that Snow Leopard was intended as an intermediate refinement. The potential direction of the OS is uncertain, though the company may be interested in continuing its expansion of touch technology.

by MacNN Staff



  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No kidding

    Is this really a surprise to people? Newsflash: 10.8 is already in development too.

  1. Grrr

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "It is generally assumed that v10.7 will mark a significant departure for the Mac OS"

    Generally assumed by who!? Please enlighten us..

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Cant work for it!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: No kidding

    I doubt 10.8 is in development. At best it might be in the design and/or idea phase. But one wouldn't call it development.

  1. appleguy1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I did not know

    I hear Windows 13, is in development also. Suppose to allow you to use a computer for the first time ever with no logging in, no mouse, and now keyboard. Suppose to read your mind.

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