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OS X 10.9: Increased 'iOS-ification' between mobile and desktop
Apple began to bridge the gap between OS X and iOS 7 with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion as it introduced Launchpad and apps ported from the mobile platform.
OS X 10.9 is therefore expected to become even 'easier' than it already is, according to reports. Designed with new users in mind, OS X will likely include a deeper integration of iOS 7's features. We can expect greater cooperation across the Apple desktop and mobile software ecosystem.
Other reports suggested that more "power features" will arrive in the next-generation platform, such as "app pausing," which allows devices to conserve battery power by not constantly using processing power on apps that are not in use.
OS X 10.9: A boost in enterprise features?
Thanks to Apple's acquisition of Authentec last year, fingerprint technology could become ingrained as part of the next-generation iPhone and iPad. Also, the software layer could include developer hooks to enhance the security of enterprise, business, and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) users.
Apple's mobile products have for some time been the devices of choice among enterprise users. But with a dip in the PC market and a general uptick in Mac sales, Apple could strive to continue wooing business clients with a bevy of feature additions.
We're also expecting OS X 10.9 users to find it easier to transfer files across devices, thus further bridging the gap between mobile and desktop. It's also likely that iOS-provided multitasking features could be brought to the desktop. Also, multi-monitor support may also make an appearance, based on earlier client correspondence with Apple executives.
Typically, OS X iterations have a wide range of new features but the overall aesthetic, design and functionality remains the same. While some visual elements will be different, expect the 'same old' from Apple in OS X 10.9.
Xcode 5.0 to include new API support, application testing tools
Apple is likely to release the next-generation developer studio for iOS and Mac applications, Xcode.
The company has already said that it is "excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps," hinting that the updated software — with APIs, a new user interface, enhancements, and improved application testing tools — will be released, so developers can get started immediately.