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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.
OS X 10.9: Siri and Maps may be ported away from mobile
Siri remains in beta, nearly two years after it was first announced. Apple's voice assistant could emerge as the front-runner in the race among intelligent assistants, particularly as the voice command services heat up across the mobile industry.
We could expect an increase in data sources, international support and a deeper integration across iOS-based devices — all with better overall accuracy.
It's also hoped that third-party apps may also see developer support. Apple could offer a number of APIs that developers can hook their apps into, in order to enhance app experiences but also help generate additional revenue for events, restaurants, travel and so on.
Maps has also suffered, partly as a result of it being rushed to completion by Apple bosses ahead of iOS 6's release. It was an unfinished product and Apple chief executive Tim Cook publicly apologized for the mess. But over time, the mapping data has improved but is still a long way off until it can call itself a rival to Google Maps — arguably the best and most used mapping service.
Analysts have also predicted that Apple may branch out into other key ecosystem areas, such as mobile payments and other subscription services.