It’s been almost a year since Apple first announced OS X Mountain Lion 10.8, and an increase in traffic from what appears to be the currently unannounced OS X 10.9 suggests that the company is busy preparing to roll out the new operating system within the coming weeks.
Traffic from what’s believed to be Mac OS X 10.9 has been appearing in analytics logs since as far back as October, and Apple Insider reports that January saw that traffic increase significantly, from just a handful of visits in October to thousands of visits last month.
Apple rolled out a developer preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on 16 February 2012, five months ahead of its public release on the Mac App Store in July. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion was launched in July 2011.
Reports have suggested that Mac OS X 10.9 may be called ‘Lynx’, as Apple trademarked the name back in 2003, alongside well as ‘Cougar’, ‘Leopard’, and ‘Tiger’.
It is also rumoured that Apple will introduce Maps and Siri to the Mac with OS X 10.9.