Whether Siri is ready or not, Apple’s (AAPL) virtual assistant is the future. Although OS X 10.9 is still largely a mystery outside of a few Web sightings, 9to5Mac reports early builds of the next Mac operating system could see Siri and the widely criticized Maps app baked in. The Apple blog says it’s unsure if the two features will make it past the early testing stages and says if they do, they could be features Apple only supports on brand-new Macs. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion’s Dictation is believed to be a hint that Siri is on its way, much like how the third-generation iPad only had dictation at launch but was later gifted with Siri in iOS 6. If the rumors of Apple moving OS X towards an annual release schedule are true, 10.9 could be pushed out by the end of summer next year.
At Apple’s (AAPL) iPad mini event, CEO Tim Cook said “We’re not taking our foot off the gas.” With so many new Apple products recently announced for the holidays, you’d think the company could afford to sit back and relax for a little bit, right? Nope. AppleInsider is reporting that it’s logged over 30 visits from Macs running an unannounced OS X 10.9. That’s right, 10.9 is likely already undergoing testing a few months after OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion was released in the summer. AppleInsider cautions that the info could easily be spoofed, but believes the growing visits could indicate it’s not. Apple is believed to be moving to an annual OS X release that emphasizes smaller tweaks instead of large sweeping redesigns and changes, similar in line with yearly release of iOS.