OS X 10.9 Mavericks Testing Accelerates
Before WWDC, it was rumored that a nearly complete OS X 10.9 beta would be delivered to developers. That indeed came to pass and the reviews so far have noted how polished Mavericks is. That said, Apple is now pushing the beta to the company’s frontline retail troops.
9 to 5 Mac wunderkind Mark Gurman reports that Apple Store floor and Genius Bar associates have been invited to take part in the OS X 10.9 Mavericks beta program:
You are invited to participate in the pre-release OS X Mavericks seed program. Participation, including submitting feedback, is completely voluntary and not an expectation of your job. If you accept, we will provide you with a pre-release version of OS X Mavericks to install and use. You will get to preview all of the exciting new features like iBooks, Maps, Calendar, Safari, iCloud Keychain, Multiple Displays, Notifications, Finder Tabs, Tags, and much more! You should use OS X Mavericks only your personal computer and on your personal time. Apple will provide you with ways to submit feedback on your experiences with OS X Mavericks, should you choose to do so. Apple also asks that you use future builds of OS X Mavericks as they are made available. The responses from prior seed programs have been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you to everyone who participated! — Apple email to retail associates.
Clearly, Apple is seeking associate input about OS X 10.9 Mavericks, but also wants these frontline troops to familiarize themselves with the upcoming desktop release
Does that mean Mavericks will be arriving soon? Perhaps not. Apple announced OS X 10.9 will ship this Fall.
For what it’s worth, OS X 10.9 Mavericks beta runs on the same Macs as OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
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