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Apple calling for Mavericks-compatible app submissions

updated 09:00 pm EDT, Tue October 15, 2013

Further signals new OS X upgrade will debut October 22

In a further sign that OS X Mavericks (10.9) will debut on October 22 at the now-confirmed Apple Special Event, the company has sent out a notice for developers to prepare their apps for the debut of the new OS X upgrade, and submit them for review in the Mac App Store. Developers can obtain access to both the "Golden Master" of OS X Mavericks as well as a new Xcode 5.0.1 GM seed with which they can compile, test and submit updates and new applications.

The GM for Mavericks has been out for nearly two weeks, but Mavericks is not expected to be the sole focus of the October 22 event. The main object of attention from the gathering is expected to be the arrival of new fifth-generation full-size iPad models as well as an improved iPad mini.

Following in the footsteps of the company's top-selling iPhone line, the second-generation iPad mini is expected to offer mostly internal improvements over its predecessor and retain its slim and light design. The main point of speculative contention is whether the iPad mini will finally gain a Retina-quality display, while the full-size iPad is expected to offer improved cameras, a new slimmer and lighter design to better match the Mini, and the addition of Touch ID fingerprint security to the product.

Pundits and Mac buyers, however, are hoping for far more than just new iPads. In addition to the release of Mavericks, they are seeking the debut of Haswell-chip updated MacBook Pros that will offer substantially-improved battery life from the combination of Intel's latest power-sipping chip as well as processor efficiencies being introduced in Mavericks such as Compressed Memory, Timer Coalescing, App Napp and Safari Power Saver. Together, the technologies are likely to improve significantly on even the already-impressive improvement in battery life for Haswell-enhanced portables.

Also hoped for is the long-awaited release of the revamped Mac Pro, teased for well over a year and finally previewed at last summer's Worldwide Developer's Conference. The radically-redesigned mini-tower eschews traditional hard drives and internal expansion in favor of SSD storage, dual workstation-class graphics cards and Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connections. It also features a central core with convection cooling assisted by a special topside fan to draw warm air out very quietly. Pricing on the Mac Pro has not yet been announced.

MacNN will provide live coverage of Apple's announcement, which will begin at 10AM Pacific time (1PM ET) next Tuesday.





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  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 08-15-02

    rosetta.....?
    Apple - Rosetta

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    NO.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by boboliciousView Post

    rosetta.....?
    Apple - Rosetta



    And Classic. Of course.

  1. GopherAlex

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-23-06

    Don't worry bobo. Rosetta will be back in 10.10.

    If not 10.10, then 10.11 for sure.

    Apple can't wait forever to make one person happy. They don't want to lose you to... ummmmm... yeah.

  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 08-15-02

    I do have a classic capable G4 mac sitting on my desk as well as an i7... And I'll say it again - last time I checked close to 1/3 hadn't migrated beyond Snow Leopard, even for the meagre $20 upgrade fee, and my tech support dealer has advised to stick with Snow Server...

    As an example iOS just broke iPV and the developer informs me they cannot justify the cost to rewrite it...
    http://www.appshots.net/app_directory/view_app/353862031

    Back to the future... The churn seems to all be getting a bit silly...

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Personally, I consider it a bit silly to show up in every thread regarding future software releases, calling for resuscitation of well-and-truly-killed technology.

    If you need Rosetta, run 10.6 in virtualization (it's not supported, but it can apparently be fairly easily made to work). End of story.

    Your quixotic crusade is not going to change the realities of software development nor industry trends, which I agree are worrying, but have been for the past 25 years that I've been involved with them. If you want to bitch, bitch about Superpaint dying. Or go back sixty or more years. We've been dealing with software obsoletion since the days of punchcards.

  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 08-15-02

    Well Spheric I suppose I could just ignore the advice of my server tech and upgrade to something I am told does not work as well, and I did waste a few days & funds trying to do as you say - but unfortunately virtualization didn't work for me, in 3 different apps, not even remotely, with support indicating I was in fact correct... I have not tried parallels 9, however it would take some effort, and not without risk.

    Who pays for that?

    The difference between Superpaint (which I used, but was easily upgraded) and the high end $k's vertical market software now unmigratable is the primary concern - as you say 'a troubling trend', and I think if awareness is increased, perhaps the third of us declining to spend a mere $20 for an upgrade that forces workflow reinvention that earns a living might start to get the support we need...

    Is a zeal for the latest software upgrade as quixotic as the zeal for legacy support? No pressure there - but it keeps programmers & bloggers employed. Many argued that MS Word was 'finished' @ v5, with v6 introducing all kinds of needless 'bloat'...

    Adding new hardware (sales!) like an IDE SSD to the G4 makes classic apps fly in ways never imagined, but that hardly sells new macs... It does however seem to define 'upgrade' - no pain, much gain...

    The 'troubling trend' acknowledged is the point, in broader context as well, as historians increasingly need to write history as it happens, because waiting even a few years risks orphaning critical content, unless access to historical archives is of no importance... Is it by definition humanity's crashed database, and an environmental holocaust in suit...?

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