Apple Adds Another OS X Mavericks Build Ahead of Debut

Apple's watchers, including an eager press, are talking about what to expect from Tuesday's Apple event in San Francisco where iPad debuts and even the new Mac Pro will not be the only draw. Last but certainly not least is an anticipated announcement of the release date of OS X Mavericks, the next major release of the desktop operating system.

The OS release is a significant opportunity for Apple to excel and strengthen its desktop brand even more, to show that the release billing "as the next big release of the world's most advanced desktop operating system" is not just silly hyperbole. OS X Mavericks is expected to announce the general availability of OS X 10.9 Mavericks this week or next week.

Supporting talk of the release being just clock ticks away is the case of a second build that was pushed out by Apple and noticed over the weekend. The Gold Master version had been released already to developers in the form of a Gold Master (GM) edition. Then, according to reports, the GM got patches that resulted in another build. Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac noticed a build number change, saying "This weekend, Apple seems to have updated the OS X Mavericks Golden Master (GM) version to a new build."

The most recent build is for users installing OS X Mavericks GM for the first time, resulting in some users moving for a fresher copy, doing a clean install to get the update, as one could not update the earlier GM version.

Shipshape or Bust

Apple watchers concluded two things about the weekend build push. Apple intends to release a ripened OS in shipshape condition and, secondly, the second build hints that Apple is eager to release Mavericks for general availability quite soon and quite possibly at the Tuesday event.

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